Renaissance Project Ideas for High School

Instructor: John Hamilton

John has tutored algebra and SAT Prep and has a B.A. degree with a major in psychology and a minor in mathematics from Christopher Newport University.

The Renaissance was a time of great creativity coming on the heels of the Dark Ages. These three projects will assist your high school students in learning about some of the major people, artwork, and milestones of the time period.

Why the Renaissance?

After a period of about 1,000 years known as the Dark Ages, the Renaissance was known as a time of renewal on many differing levels. Paintings, sculptures, and inventions were created the likes of which hadn't been seen for hundreds of years, if ever. This first project gives students a chance to create their very own newspapers. The second project will allow them to study the lives and artwork of four legendary Renaissance masters. The third project will allow them to recreate some of the inventions of the great Leonardo da Vinci himself. The projects are ideal for high school students, especially freshmen and sophomores.

Create a Renaissance Newspaper Project Idea

It is reported that the first newspaper actually began during the later years of the Renaissance (around 1566 in Venice, Italy.) In this project, your students will be tasked with creating their very own six-page newspapers.

Materials: computers and printers (optional), markers, sheets of paper (if possible, thinner sheets that resemble those of a newspaper)

Time: at least two class periods plus home study

  • Let your students know they are going to be designing their own newspapers.
  • Divide them into small groups of 5-7. Inform them:
  • The Renaissance was a period of rediscovery at the end of the Dark Ages. It occurred roughly between the years 1300-1600. Your assignment is to pick the top stories from those 300 years. *You should also include photos of the people and events that you think were the most important.
  • The top of the front page should have a catchy headline.
  • Don't just randomly place stories and photos on the six pages. Try to place them in a somewhat logical fashion. The newspapers should include:

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