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Outbreak: A Webquest about
Ring around the Roses
Pocket full of posies
Ashes Ashes
We all fall down...."
"Ring around the roses" was not always so harmless; it deals with one of the
grim periods of English medical history. At the time of the Black Plague in
England the first signs of a victim were a ring of red rash around the neck
(roseola). As the disease progressed there was a horrible body stench which
was combated by filling the pockets of the victim with sweet-smelling
flowers. Eventually those so stricken would "all fall down" -- dead!
Something terrible has happened at Simms High School. Everyone seems to
have gotten sick. You are an apprentice at the Center for Disease Control!
It is your mission to inform the school population about the diseases
that may be infecting them! Time may be running out for these poor
immune-deficient souls, so research accurately and wisely!
They are
depending on you!
As an apprentice to the CDC, you will have two tasks.
1. In order to help your school population, you will become a specialist on
one disease in particular. With the knowledge you gained from your
research, you are to put your information into a presentation. These
poor immune-deficient souls will watch your presentation in order to
be saved! Remember, time is running out, but you need to be thorough
and accurate! Creativity should be used in getting your message
2. Create a pamphlet or booklet. This booklet should explain the disease,
the symptoms, and what to do to alleviate symptoms and prevent the
spread of the disease. The pamphlet is an information pamphlet on the
disease you are studying. (You will turn this pamphlet in.)
1. First, you will need to choose a disease from the list of diseases. In order
to prevent everyone doing the same disease in the class, there will be a sign
up sheet, when you have decided, sign your name next to the disease.
Diseases will be chosen on a first come first serve basis. Do not worry at
this point if you don't know much about the disease, the point of this quest
is to learn about it. See disease list.
2. Once you've decided on your disease, you will need to research that
disease. Keep notes on the disease. Some questions to answer while you're
How does a person contract this disease?
What are the symptoms of the disease?
Is there a cure or a vaccine? What other ways can you prevent
getting the disease?
What are a person’s chances of survival if they have contracted the
How does a doctor diagnose the disease? Will blood be drawn or other
tests conducted?
How long will the patient remain sick? Is there a treatment to ease
3. Pamphlet
You can use a word template, make your own using Microsoft Word, or
go to
Useful Websites
Center for Disease Control
National Foundation for Infectious
Communicable Disease and Immunization
Communicable Disease Epidemiology and
Immunization Section
Infectious Facts
World Health Organization (W.H.O)
After the completion of the presentations, students will write a comparison
and analysis paper where the diseases discussed are compared.
Which disease is the most threatening to human kind? Defend your
At the end of this quest, you should be "experts" in the disease you studied.
You will know how the disease is passed from person to person, how a person
can prevent getting the disease, and what treatments are available to those
who contract it. You will also be aware of the history of the disease. After
watching the other groups perform their skits, you should also have a fair
understanding about some of the other diseases on the list.