Warm-up: Students activate background knowledge about healthcare and medical innovation, discuss underrepresented health issues, and watch a roundtable discussion about COVID-19 and public health.

Key Vocabulary: Students research and define key terms before reading the article.

Introducing the Resource: Students read "The Living Century," by Steven Johnson. [PDF] [Digital copy]

Comprehension Questions: Students respond to comprehension questions about the history of medical innovation.

Analyzing the Resource: Students use a graphic organizer to compare and contrast sections of the article.

Discussion Questions: Students discuss their reflections about public health, medical inequality, the nature of progress, and their experiences with COVID-19.

Extension Activities: Students craft timelines, research medical inequality, explore the impact of industrialization on public health, and/or imagine a viable process for COVID-19 eradication in their own communities.

For more curricular materials connected to "The Living Century" and "Extra Life" by Steven Johnson, visit www.pulitzercenter.org/thelivingcentury

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