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A Malignant Tale (Yellow Fever, 1793 Epidemic)

from American Philosophical Society Library & Museum

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Experience the “Malignant Tale” and learn how Philadelphian Caspar Wistar Haines and his family experienced the yellow fever epidemic in 1793. Discover the role of the Free African Society in taking care of Philadelphians during this time of need and the sacrifices they made. Through the personal letters of Philadelphians pulled from our archive, we discover what people in 1793 did during a time not too different than ours. 


This lesson was created for students in grades 5 through 8 and has content that deals with death, race, and medicine. This program is also adaptable for adult audiences interested in learning about the 1793 yellow fever epidemic.


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Cost

Multipoint: $50.00
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Length

45 minutes


Target Audience

Education: Grade(s) 5, 6, 7, 8, Adult Learners, Homeschool/Family Public Library: Library Patrons

Minimum participants:

5

Maximum participants:

45


Primary Disciplines

Social Studies/History, Sciences, Reading


Program Delivery Mode

Videoconference – Webcam/desktop (Zoom, Google Meet, Cisco WebEx, GoToMeeting, Microsoft Teams, Blue Jeans, etc...)



Booking Information

Available for programs January-November, Monday-Friday 10:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m. EST. Closed the following holidays: News Year Day, Martin Luther King Jr. Day., President's Day, Memorial Day, Fourth of July, Labor Day, and Thanksgiving.

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American Philosophical Society Library & Museum

Philadelphia , PA
United States

The American Philosophical Society, the oldest learned society in the United States, was founded in 1743 by Benjamin Franklin for the purpose of “promoting useful knowledge.” Today, the Society is still an active Membership organization. The Library & Museum continues to promote useful knowledge through scholarly research, a public museum, and a variety of programs for learners of all ages.

Contact:
Alexandra Rospond
museumeducation@amphilsoc.org
215-440-3432

Program Details

Format

If you have registered for the program, you will receive an email the week before your scheduled date with a link and instructions on how to connect. For our programs, we use Zoom Meetings, and are happy to schedule a test run before the program to check with connection.

1. Introduction (all together)
Discussing the yellow fever epidemic of 1793 and setting up activity.
2. Activity (Breakout rooms and smaller groups)
Students will look at letter fragments that were written during the yellow fever epidemic and answer prompts relating to the letter.
3. Answers to activity (all together)
Reading the answers together and discussing details from the letter fragments.
4. Conclusion and reflection

Objectives

Students will have an increased understanding of the yellow fever epidemics that took place in Philadelphia
Students will gain knowledge of Philadelphia and how its scientific community responded to the yellow fever epidemics
Students will be exposed to elements of race that were connected to the yellow fever epidemics
Students will have an emotional response to human elements of history and personal stories in archives
Students will be challenged in how they think about scientific and medical practices

Standards Alignment

National Standards

CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.5.RI.1 -- Quote accurately from a text when explaining what the text says explicitly and when drawing inferences from the text.
CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.5.RI.3 -- Explain the relationships or interactions between two or more individuals, events, ideas, or concepts in a historical, scientific, or technical text based on specific information in the text.
CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.5.RI.5 -- Compare and contrast the overall structure (e.g., chronology, comparison, cause/effect, problem/solution) of events, ideas, concepts, or information in two or more texts.
CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.5.RL.1 -- Quote accurately from a text when explaining what the text says explicitly and when drawing inferences from the text.
CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.5.RL.3 -- Compare and contrast two or more characters, settings, or events in a story or drama, drawing on specific details in the text (e.g., how characters interact).
CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.5.RL.4 -- Determine the meaning of words and phrases as they are used in a text, including figurative language such as metaphors and similes.
CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.6-8.RH.1 -- Cite specific textual evidence to support analysis of primary and secondary sources.
CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.6-8.RH.2 -- Determine the central ideas or information of a primary or secondary source; provide an accurate summary of the source distinct from prior knowledge or opinions.
CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.6-8.RH.3 -- Identify key steps in a text’s description of a process related to history/social studies (e.g., how a bill becomes law, how interest rates are raised or lowered).
CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.6-8.RH.8 -- Distinguish among fact, opinion, and reasoned judgment in a text.
CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.6.RI.1 -- Cite textual evidence to support analysis of what the text says explicitly as well as inferences drawn from the text.
CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.6.RI.4 -- Determine the meaning of words and phrases as they are used in a text, including figurative, connotative, and technical meanings.
CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.6.RI.5 -- Analyze how a particular sentence, paragraph, chapter, or section fits into the overall structure of a text and contributes to the development of the ideas.
CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.6.RL.1 -- Cite textual evidence to support analysis of what the text says explicitly as well as inferences drawn from the text.
CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.6.RL.2 -- Determine a theme or central idea of a text and how it is conveyed through particular details; provide a summary of the text distinct from personal opinions or judgments.
CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.7.RI.1 -- Cite several pieces of textual evidence to support analysis of what the text says explicitly as well as inferences drawn from the text.
CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.7.RI.2 -- Determine two or more central ideas in a text and analyze their development over the course of the text; provide an objective summary of the text.
CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.7.RI.3 -- Analyze the interactions between individuals, events, and ideas in a text (e.g., how ideas influence individuals or events, or how individuals influence ideas or events).
CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.7.RL.1 -- Cite several pieces of textual evidence to support analysis of what the text says explicitly as well as inferences drawn from the text.
CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.7.RL.2 -- Determine a theme or central idea of a text and analyze its development over the course of the text; provide an objective summary of the text.
CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.8.RI.1 -- Cite the textual evidence that most strongly supports an analysis of what the text says explicitly as well as inferences drawn from the text.
CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.8.RI.2 -- Determine a central idea of a text and analyze its development over the course of the text, including its relationship to supporting ideas; provide an objective summary of the text.
CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.8.RI.4 -- Determine the meaning of words and phrases as they are used in a text, including figurative, connotative, and technical meanings; analyze the impact of specific word choices on meaning and tone, including analogies or allusions to other texts.
CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.8.RL.1 -- Cite the textual evidence that most strongly supports an analysis of what the text says explicitly as well as inferences drawn from the text.
CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.8.RL.2 -- Determine a theme or central idea of a text and analyze its development over the course of the text, including its relationship to the characters, setting, and plot; provide an objective summary of the text.
CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.8.RL.3 -- Analyze how particular lines of dialogue or incidents in a story or drama propel the action, reveal aspects of a character, or provoke a decision.