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Lesson Plan August 31, 2015

Lesson Plan: Illustrating Cholera Outbreaks in Manhattan and Haiti


Questions for “Contagion in New York City: 1832”

  1. What is cholera?
  2. What are the symptoms of cholera?
  3. How is cholera spread?
  4. Why was New York City susceptible to cholera in the 19th century?
  5. What challenges did the city face in containing cholera?
  6. How did the city eventually overcome the outbreak?

Questions for “Mapping Cholera: A Tale of Two Cities”

  1. What two locations are being compared as part of the project?
  2. What was the origin of cholera?
  3. How does cholera spread? How does the author use technology to represent this?
  4. What facilitated cholera’s rise in Manhattan?
  5. What human factors led to creating an environment that supported cholera growth?
  6. How many people were dying daily at the height of the cholera epidemic in Manhattan?
  7. How did cholera end up in Port Au Prince, Haiti?
  8. How did cholera spread in Haiti?
  9. What environmental factors led to the spread of cholera in Haiti?
  10. What human factors contributed to the spread of cholera in Haiti?
  11. How did the New York City change its water system to prevent future spread of cholera?
  12. How does the author conclude the project? Why do you think the author made that choice?

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