Edward Jenner and the Smallpox Vaccine. A series of activities that guide students through source analysis. Using pictorial sources the activity breaks the larger picture down into sections, identifies key features of these and explores the meaning of each segment. Then learners are guided on how to bring these together to illustrate a clear understanding of the meaning of the source, it’s uses, limitations and the context in which it was created.
Edward Jenner is now lauded for having introduced a workable vaccine for Smallpox. A much feared disease in the 18th Century, it is now eradicated as a result of the ability to vaccinate against it. Jenner’s work was not met with the widespread joy that you may expect to be associated with such a breakthrough. Many were suspicious of the new vaccine. Derived from cowpox, it was feared by some and it’s ethics disputed by others.
The Anti-Vaccine League was quite vociferous in it’s opposition. It created a wealth of pamphlets and images that questioned and challenged the concept of Inoculation and Vaccination. The subtleties of these sources are often hard for learners to identify. This activity helps them to spot them.
Ideal for students following a 1-9 GCSE course incorporating the History of Medicine.