Tuberculosis Lesson Plan

Instructor: Dana Dance-Schissel

Dana teaches social sciences at the college level and English and psychology at the high school level. She has master's degrees in applied, clinical and community psychology.

What is tuberculosis and how can it be treated and prevented? This lesson plan uses an animated video lesson to present essential facts about the disease. An activity explores global rates of tuberculosis infection over time.

Learning Objectives

Upon completion of this lesson, students will be able to:

  • Define 'tuberculosis'
  • Summarize the physiological function of the disease
  • List the symptoms of the disease
  • Discuss treatment and prevention


60 to 90 minutes

Curriculum Standards


Cite specific textual evidence to support analysis of primary and secondary sources, attending to such features as the date and origin of the information.


Determine the central ideas or information of a primary or secondary source; provide an accurate summary of how key events or ideas develop over the course of the text.


Determine the meaning of words and phrases as they are used in a text, including vocabulary describing political, social, or economic aspects of history/social science.


Integrate quantitative or technical analysis (e.g., charts, research data) with qualitative analysis in print or digital text.


  • Paper copies of the worksheet from the associated video lesson
  • Access to reference materials and/or the internet
  • Poster board
  • Markers


  • Begin by writing the term 'TB' on the board for the class to see.
    • What does this term typically refer to?
    • Have any of you ever had a TB test? If so, what was it like?
  • Play the video lesson Tuberculosis: Diagnosis, Treatments & Latency for the class, pausing it at 2:48.
    • How is tuberculosis transmitted?
    • How would you know if you had transmitted tuberculosis?
  • Play the remainder of the video lesson for the class.
    • How and why does tuberculosis move from a latent to an active state in an infected individual?
    • What are the most effective means for treating tuberculosis?
  • Review key facts about tuberculosis with the class before distributing the paper copies of the worksheet.
  • Ask students to work independently to complete the worksheet.
  • When all students have finished the worksheet, allow students to ask any questions they may have before reviewing each question and answer with them.

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