BC: Kenny Chang Kenny is thirteen years old 7th grader who goes to Eyer Middle School. His favorite sports are football and basketball. His favorite subjects are Social Studies and Science. | Matt Kermitz | Matt Kermitz is a 13 years old 7th grader at Eyer Middle School. He likes baseball, golf, and football. His favorite subjects are social studies and language arts. He also enjoys writing and reading.
FC: The Black Death | By: Kenny Chang Matt Kermitz
1: The Black Death By:Kenny Chang Matt Kermitz | Eyer Middle School 2010-2011
2: Introduction | The plague is raging through Asia, Europe, and Africa. Thousands are dying by the day. Poor sanitation habits throughout Europe are greatly helping in the rapid spread of the horrible disease. Medicine in the Medieval Period was poor, and people were relying only on religion for all of their problems. Everybody is at high risk. Nobody is safe... | Pg.1
3: Pg.2 | The Richard Family | The Richard family is in the midst of the worst plague to ever hit the world. The family consists of a father and mother, the mother being an artisan, and the father was a merchant. Their two kids were Mary, a 13 year old girl, and Johnny, a 5 year old boy. Mom and Dad can't work, and the entire family is trying to isolate themselves in their home.
4: Frank Massourie | Frank Massourie is a poor man living in France in 1350, and though he isn't a peasant, he makes very little money. He has the sense to keep himself totally isolated, and the fact that he is single is a huge advantage to his well being. Along with this, he is used to going without food due to his low funds, and now he will have very limited access to food. He is in for a long ride.
5: The Richard Family | It is a morning in 1350, the Richard family is just waking up. "Good morning everybody" Father said, without emotion. "Good morning" he got as a solemn reply from Mary, Johnny, and Mother. "The plague is still raging. When is this godly punishment going to end?!" Father screamed angrily at the sky.
6: It was the middle of the night, August 1350, Frank Massourie hears a knock on the door. He wakes in sudden shock. "I wonder who would be knocking in the middle night" He thought. It was a serf that escaped, looking for refuge. Frank brushes him off, for fear of infection. | Frank Massourie
7: The Richard Family | Later that same day, the family was sitting inside talking. "Dad! What is that black spot on your arm?" Mary exclaimed. "I've caught the plague?!" Dad said, slowly. "I will have to leave, just for your safety." A chorus of desperate pleading for him to stay follows, but Dad sticks with his original choice.
8: Frank Missourie | As time passed more people are being killed by the black plague. Frank is lucky, considering he hasn't had any contact with anybody aside from the peasant he got ride of, and he still hasn't been infected by the plague.
9: The Richard Family | After dad has left, the family grieves for hours. Mom is the first one to speak. "We've all been exposed. We must try to get some help. Let's go to the barber, he has been functioning as a doctor recently." The family, already at high risk, ventures out into the infected streets, hoping to find help. The three almost can't bear the pain of seeing the thousands of bodies lying on the streets.
10: Frank Massourie | In the next week, Frank goes without food. He starves and must go outside to get food for himself. Due to the high risk of the plague, he must cover up to avoid fleas, and he avoids main streets. It takes two hours to go the one mile to the market, because of all of the precautions Frank takes. He finally reaches the market, and stocks up with food. Barely enough to last the week.
11: The Richard Family | At the barber doctor, the family waits anxiously as the older man helping them searches for a remedy. "Use this powder by sprinkling it over your head twice per day. Also, keep these magical rocks with you at all times." "Thank you so much!" the family says at once, with renewed hope. This is short lived, though, as later that day, the entire family becomes infected with the Bubonic form of the plague.
12: Frank Massourie | Years of these horrid conditions followed, but Frank made it to the end. The slow spreading news that the plague was dying out just reached Frank. "I can't believe it. I'm alive!" he exclaimed in joy. "All these years, and I've made it." Frank went out and celebrated that night, forgetting the world for a very brief period. All over Europe, survivors were celebrating. The worst plague to ever strike the world is over.
13: The Richard Family | The home remedies from the doctor do nothing, and the family is sitting in agonizing wait for their end. The black spots have developed, and all carry a high fever. Also, chills rack their bodies. Mom is the first to go, then Johnny, leaving Mary alone for another three hours. The plague has claimed just three more victims.
14: Frank Massourie | The plague has ended, Frank is safe. He has just overcome one of the hardest challenges faced by any humans. Surviving on meager rations and complete isolation, Frank's survival was a miracle. Europe, him included, have started a new chapter in their lives.
15: Bibliography | McGowen, Tom. Black Death. Danbury: Grolier, 1995. Print. Pirotta, Saviour, and Adam Hook, Health and Medicine North Mankato, MN: Smart Apple Media, 2004. Print. Zahler, Diane. The Black Death. Minneapolis: Twenty-First Century, 2009 Print
16: Epilogue | The Black Plague was the worst and most devastating disease to ever strike the world in recorded history. Anywhere between 25-40% of Europe's population was completely wiped out. That number totals to millions. Against many beliefs back then, there was more than one type of the plague.
17: Bubonic Plague | The characters in the book became infected with the bubonic plague. This is the most common, and brought on high fever, chills, black spots underneath the skin, headache, aching joints, and nausea, and vomiting. This kills within three to four days of the infection and has a mortality rate was 30-75%. Today, the bubonic plague is very treatable on humans.
18: The pneumonic plague is less common, but much deadlier. A bad cough develops within days of the infection, and eventually the victim starts to cough up blood, and finally the victim goes into a coma. The pneumonic plague kills within two to three days of the symptoms showing up, with a mortality rate of 90-95% (in modern times, the mortality rate is 5-10%. | Pneumonic Plague
19: The most deadly, and least common, form of the plague was the septicemic plague. Deep purple and black spots develop within hours of initial infections, and the victim is dead before the black spots develop, which is within one day. The mortality rate was almost 100% in the 1300s, and even today there is little treatment. The culprit for all three forms was the oriental rat flea. | Septicemic Plague