This is a unit with a series of assignments that has been conceptualized as a drop-in that can be included in a variety of classes such as History/Western Civilization, English, Humanities, etc. and uses The Decameron to illustrate how react to the trials of disease through artistic expression. The target students would be advanced high school students or freshman-level college students. The assignments progress to higher levels of Bloom’s Taxonomy, starting from asking the students to simply answer reading comprehension questions about the introduction to asking students to develop their own imitative stories in the vein of The Decameron and combine these into a class compilation.

Presentation Date

Fall 11-13-2020






Plague, Pandemics, Boccaccio, The Decameron


Education | Italian Literature | Medieval Studies | Renaissance Studies

Literary Response to Plague



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