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Survivors Lesson Plan: Nature of an Epidemic

A Message for Users

This lesson plan was created in 2018 to guide teachers through focused examinations of community responses to the Ebola Outbreak in Sierra Leone that the film Survivors documents. In our current moment, the nature of teaching and learning have drastically shifted to accommodate the necessity of social distancing and slowing the spread of COVID-19. We hope this lesson plan will serve as a resource to spark conversations about the novel coronavirus by using the successful response to the 2014 Ebola outbreak as a springboard for thought and reflection. We invite you to adapt this resource to best fit the current moment as is appropriate for your students and we hope you are well, staying healthy, and holding faith in our collective capacity to endure.

After all, what Survivors teaches us is that collectively, with kindness, patience, and solidarity in action, we can survive.