Put your hands up if you’ve always believed Ring-around-a-rosey is about the Black Death:
Image Source: OpenClipArt.orgEven worse, how many actually teach that that nursery rhyme is about the Black Death?
Image Source: OpenClipArt.org
Yeah, I thought so too. Then I started fact checking my Black Death Year 8 History unit before posting to TPT. Nope:
That’ll teach me: I should run everything via Snopes.com!
It’s quite amazing though: do a Google search on Ring-Around-The-Rosey and you’ll find more than a dozen websites which appear quite reasonable yet consider the Black Death connection as fact. Generally, I’d be happy if most of my students referenced a site like Rhymes.org.uk – it seems relatively reliable and it’s even an org!
So anyway I rewrote the beginning of my unit to include a source evaluation task: those that can’t do, teach!
It’s available now on TPT at my store, if you’re interested in an activity on Ring-around-the-rosey and source evaluation. The remainder of my Black Death unit is soon to make it there too.
Here’s the preview if you’d like to have a look: BlackDeath01-RingaRingaRosesPREVIEW (PDF)