- How we conquered the deadly smallpox virus - Simona Zompi is a 4:33 minute video explaining how this virus was eradicated. Concepts discussed are vaccination, variolation, inoculation, Edward Jenner, Blossom the Cow, and James Phipps.
- Daily Digest: Write a summary about how smallpox was eradicated after watching the TedED video.
- Benjamin Franklin describes the heartbreak of losing his son Francis to smallpox in his autobiography:
“In 1736 I lost one of my sons, a fine boy of four years old, by the smallpox taken in the common way. I long regretted bitterly and still regret that I had not given it to him by inoculation. This I mention for the sake of the parents who omit that operation, on the supposition that they should never forgive themselves if a child died under it; my example showing that the regret may be the same either way, and that, therefore, the safer should be chosen.”