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Name: ____________________________ Date: ____________________

Initial Research 

In order to decide on a research question for your inquiry, you should know 
some background information about the Black Death. Answer the questions 
below through the research websites.  
 
What was the Black Death? What else is the Black Death called? 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
What were the symptoms of the Black Death? 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Where did the Black Death start? What year and location? 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
How did the Black Death spread so quickly? 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
How did the Black Death affect people in the 14th century? How did it change 
people’s lives? 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
My Research Question: 

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Facts and Findings:​ In order to argue your answer to your research question, you 
will need to find information to s​ upport your argument.​ Not all information about 
the Black Death will be helpful for you - you will need to decide what is r​ elevant a ​ nd 
helpful.  
 
Figuring out what you will a​ ssert i​ n your essay is key to finding supporting facts. 
Below, list each of the assertions that you will be using to support your argument 
(response to your research question). Then, find evidence to support your assertion.  
 
Assertion 1 (​ this will be the topic of your first body paragraph): 

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Evidence found through research that supports assertion 1:  


 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

Sources for the evidence you have found above:  


 
Author: ____________________ Title: _____________________________________________ 
 
Date (​ when was your source written?)​: ________________________  
 
Website Link/ Book Publisher Name: _____________________________________________ 
 
Source 2: 
 
Author: ____________________ Title: _____________________________________________ 
 
Date (​ when was your source written?)​: ________________________  
 
Website Link/ Book Publisher Name: _____________________________________________ 
 
Assertion 2 ​(this will be the topic of your second body paragraph): 

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Evidence found through research that supports assertion 2:  


 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

Sources for the evidence you have found above:  


 
Author: ____________________ Title: _____________________________________________ 
 
Date (​ when was your source written?)​: ________________________  
 
Website Link/ Book Publisher Name: _____________________________________________ 
 
Source 2: 
 
Author: ____________________ Title: _____________________________________________ 
 
Date (​ when was your source written?)​: ________________________  
 
Website Link/ Book Publisher Name: _____________________________________________ 
 
Assertion 3 ​(this will be the topic of your third body paragraph): 

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Evidence found through research that supports assertion 3:  


 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

Sources for the evidence you have found above:  


 
Author: ____________________ Title: _____________________________________________ 
 
Date (​ when was your source written?)​: ________________________  
 
Website Link/ Book Publisher Name: _____________________________________________ 
 
Source 2: 
 
Author: ____________________ Title: _____________________________________________ 
 
Date (​ when was your source written?)​: ________________________  
 
Website Link/ Book Publisher Name: _____________________________________________