How Humans Made Malaria So Deadly

Combine agriculture and an increase in population density in sub-Saharan Africa and what do you get? Malaria! Young immunologists explore malaria's deadly rise to fame in a video. The narrator discusses its beginnings as a hitchhiking species of algae, its evolution into a moderately infectious bacterium present in localized areas, and its current status as one of the world's leading causes of death and illness.

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CCSS: Adaptable
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Instructional Ideas
  • Have the class create a timeline of events that illustrates how malaria developed into its current form, complete with the conditions that helped to promote it
  • Use the video as a model for a cause-and-effect project
Classroom Considerations
  • Preface the video by providing details about how malaria affects someone that has contracted the disease
  • This resource is only available on an unencrypted HTTP website. It should be fine for general use, but don’t use it to share any personally identifiable information
Pros
  • Shows a clear relationship between agriculture, population density, and a rise in both the strength of malaria and the number of people infected with it
  • The content's technical nature is presented simply, making the video a great choice for middle and high schoolers
Cons
  • None
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