FC: Ariel's Diary (survivor from the black plague) | By: Carley Hoch and Jordan Wanamaker
1: Ariel's Diary By Jordan Wanamaker and Carley Hoch Eyer Middle School 4/14/11 Dedicated to All the victims of the Black Plague
2: I'm Ariel, a 8 year old peasant girl living in Venice Italy. I was working on a farm one day in October, 1347. I heard the loud sounds of foghorns coming off the boats while they pulled into the harbor. People screaming and running on the stone roads filled the October air. People were running towards the boat, even the king showed up. Half of the men on the boat were dead.
3: Later that night i heard my parents talking to the neighbors, the neighbor said that the dead men had lumps on there body the size of a fist and inside was a black goo and their limbs were as black as night. It was called Pestilence which means disease. My family told me not to worry and that it will pass in a few days, they were wrong.
4: We started going to church a lot more and my friends and people that lived in the village started to disappear. My mom told me people were just moving.
5: Sometime near the holidays my family got sick. As the only healthy one my mom made me live out in the barn with the animals. Strange bird liked creators came to our house and they poked open the giant black lumps on my family and black goo and blood was every where. They died instantly.
6: I ran away onto the boats were it all began. My family and friends were all dead. My face was drenched with tears when I realized this was a different boat. There were healthy people on the boat and they were trying to leave the plague behind by moving to Britain. I left with them leaving my village behind.
7: Author's Notes Ariel's Diary is a made up story by Jordan Wanamaker and Carley Hoch. The events and places are true. During the Black Plague people believe it came from trading boats that were at China. Fleas carried the plague which at the time was called Pestilence, which means disease. The fleas were on rats and bit the rats, the rats then bit the humans and humans could spread by coughing on someone or touching them. The effects of the plague in Europe caused more then 25 million deaths. There was a survivor named Bocccio and he wrote a book called The Decameron.
8: About The Author Jordan Wanamaker is a 7 grader at eyer middle school. She has two cats and 1 dog and a younger brother. After school she goes shopping, hangs out with friends, or has softball practice.
9: About the Author: Carley Hoch is a seventh grader at Eyer Middle School. She has two dogs, three sisters and two brothers. She likes to hang out with friends after school, and being outside. She has brown curly hair, and brown eyes.
10: Bibliography . Marks, Geoffrey. The Medieval Plague; the Black Death of the Middle Ages. Garden City, NY: Doubleday, 1971. Print. Pirotta, Saviour, and Adam Hook. Health and Medicine. North Mankato, MN: Smart Apple Media, 2004 Zahler, Diane. The Black Death. Minneapolis: Twenty-First Century, 2009.
11: "Victims ate lunch with their friends and dinner with their ancestors in paradise." - Boccaccio