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Ch 2: Modern World History - Patterns of Interaction Chapter 1 : European Renaissance & Reformation (1300-1600)

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The European Renaissance & Reformation (1300-1600) chapter of this McDougal Littell Modern World History - Patterns of Interaction Textbook Companion course helps students learn the essential world history lessons of the European Renaissance and Protestant Reformation. Each of these simple and fun video lessons is about five minutes long and is sequenced to align with the European Renaissance & Reformation (1300-1600) textbook chapter.

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Students will learn:

  • Factors contributing to the Italian Renaissance
  • Humanism and its impact on individualism
  • Renaissance architecture, art and literature
  • Characteristics of and influences on the Northern Renaissance
  • Works of William Shakespeare
  • Global impact of the printing press
  • Catholicism before the Reformation
  • Martin Luther's 95 Theses
  • The spread and impact of the Reformation
  • England's Henry VIII and Queen Elizabeth I
  • Religious reform in Switzerland
  • Beliefs of the Anabaptists and Antitrinitarians
  • The Council of Trent and post-Reformation life

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17 Lessons in Chapter 2: Modern World History - Patterns of Interaction Chapter 1 : European Renaissance & Reformation (1300-1600)
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The Italian Renaissance and Italy's Transformation

1. The Italian Renaissance and Italy's Transformation

This lesson will discuss the three main reasons why Italy transformed from a group of competing city-states to the home of the birth of the Renaissance.

Humanism in the Renaissance: Recognizing the Beauty of the Individual

2. Humanism in the Renaissance: Recognizing the Beauty of the Individual

In this lesson, we will be discussing how humanism changed the idea of the individual from something sinful and controlled by the Church into something of great beauty and worth.

Renaissance Art: Artists, Paintings, Sculptures & Architecture

3. Renaissance Art: Artists, Paintings, Sculptures & Architecture

In this lesson, we will be discussing Renaissance art, focusing primarily on paintings, sculptures, and architecture. We will also be learning how humanism affected the art of this time period.

Introduction to Renaissance Literature: Characterizing Authors and Works

4. Introduction to Renaissance Literature: Characterizing Authors and Works

Chances are, you've heard of the term 'Renaissance' before, but do you know what it means? Watch this video to learn about how this artistic movement forever altered England and the way we look at literature.

The Northern Renaissance

5. The Northern Renaissance

This lesson will focus on the Northern Renaissance. It will contrast the Renaissance of the North with the Italian Renaissance, exploring these differences in the areas of art, politics, and religion.

Introduction to Shakespeare: Life and Works

6. Introduction to Shakespeare: Life and Works

This video provides a crash course introduction to William Shakespeare's life, plays, and poetry. From 'Two Gentlemen of Verona' to 'The Tempest', we'll give you a timeline of his works and quick descriptions of what you need to know to identify them.

How the Printing Press Changed the World

7. How the Printing Press Changed the World

When you think of inventions that changed the world, you may think of farming tools or the wheel, or even the Internet. However, few can truly compare to the humble printing press.

The Catholic Church Before the Reformation: Beliefs and Practices

8. The Catholic Church Before the Reformation: Beliefs and Practices

In 1500 C.E. the Roman Catholic Church was a very powerful institution in the West. Watch this video to learn how the Church maintained its power by teaching that salvation could only be earned by those who received the sacraments and performed good works.

Martin Luther, the 95 Theses and the Birth of the Protestant Reformation

9. Martin Luther, the 95 Theses and the Birth of the Protestant Reformation

This lesson covers the start of the Protestant Reformation. It begins by comparing the vast array and peacefulness of Christian denominations in modern days to the limited choices and violence of the past. Then it goes into the story of Martin Luther, from his 95 Theses through the Diet of Worms up to the beginning of the German Peasant Revolt.

The Reformation's Impact on Germany: The Peasant Wars

10. The Reformation's Impact on Germany: The Peasant Wars

The Reformation was a time when Christianity was split into Catholicism and Protestantism. This lesson explores the major changes brought about by the Reformation in Germany in the 16th century.

The Spread of the Protestant Reformation Across Europe

11. The Spread of the Protestant Reformation Across Europe

In the 16th century, Martin Luther inspired people to believe that the Catholic Church shouldn't hold authority over laypeople. This lesson explores the spread of these Protestant ideas throughout Europe.

Henry VIII: The Anglican Church

12. Henry VIII: The Anglican Church

This lesson covers the various steps Henry VIII took in breaking away from the Roman Catholic Church. You'll learn how Henry managed to get what he wanted by going through legal means and playing off of others who also had problems with the Church.

Queen Elizabeth I and England's Golden Age

13. Queen Elizabeth I and England's Golden Age

This lesson will focus on the reign of Queen Elizabeth I of England, known as England's Golden Age. It will highlight England's advancements in economic growth, the sciences, the arts, and exploration under the lone rule of Elizabeth, the Virgin Queen.

Religious Reform in Switzerland: Calvin & Zwingli's Teachings in the Reformation

14. Religious Reform in Switzerland: Calvin & Zwingli's Teachings in the Reformation

The Protestant Reformation resulted in many people splitting from the Catholic Church. This lesson explores the effect of the Reformation in Switzerland under the leadership of Zwingli and Calvin.

Radical Reformation: Anabaptists and Antitrinitarians

15. Radical Reformation: Anabaptists and Antitrinitarians

In this lesson, we will study a few of the Christian sects that took the Reformation to extremes. We will focus especially on the origins, development, and doctrines of the Anabaptists and Antitrinitarians.

The Council of Trent: The Catholic Church Survives the Reformation

16. The Council of Trent: The Catholic Church Survives the Reformation

The Protestant Reformation was a movement of Christians who disagreed with some of the teachings and actions of the Catholic Church. This article explores the effect of the Reformation on the Church.

Life After the Reformation & Protestant Influence on Society

17. Life After the Reformation & Protestant Influence on Society

The Protestant Reformation was a huge movement that led to many Christians splitting from the Catholic Church. This lesson explores the after effects on families, education and social life.

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