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Ch 12: Renaissance Europe: Homeschool Curriculum

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The Renaissance Europe unit of this Middle School World History Homeschool Curriculum course is designed to help homeschooled students learn about Europe during the Renaissance. Parents can use the short videos to introduce topics, break up lessons and keep students engaged.

Who's it for?

This unit of our Middle School World History Homeschool Curriculum course will benefit any student who is trying to learn about Renaissance Europe. There is no faster or easier way to learn about Europe during the Renaissance. Among those who would benefit are:

  • Students who require an efficient, self-paced course of study to learn about the Crusades, feudalism and the Holy Roman Empire.
  • Homeschool parents looking to spend less time preparing lessons and more time teaching.
  • Homeschool parents who need a history curriculum that appeals to multiple learning types (visual or auditory).
  • Gifted students and students with learning differences.

How it works:

  • Students watch a short, fun video lesson that covers a specific unit topic.
  • Students and parents can refer to the video transcripts to reinforce learning.
  • Short quizzes and a Renaissance Europe unit exam confirm understanding or identify any topics that require review.

Renaissance Europe Unit Objectives:

  • Understand the importance of humanism and the individual during the Italian Renaissance.
  • Discover major Renaissance artists, including Leonardo Da Vinci and Michelangelo.
  • Meet the Medici banking family, and learn how they rose and fell.
  • Travel along with Marco Polo, and explore some of his trade routes.
  • Learn how the return of the 'Silk Road' between Europe and China affected Renaissance Europe.
  • Discuss how the invention of the printing press and paper production changed the world.

9 Lessons in Chapter 12: Renaissance Europe: Homeschool Curriculum
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The Renaissance Timeline: Events Overview

1. The Renaissance Timeline: Events Overview

In this lesson, we will build an outline of the historical events which flow together to form the time periods of the Renaissance, Reformation, Age of Discovery, and the Elizabethan era.

The Italian Renaissance and Italy's Transformation

2. 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

3. 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

4. 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.

The House of Medici: Rise and Fall of a Banking Family

5. The House of Medici: Rise and Fall of a Banking Family

This lesson will focus on the Medici family of Florence, Italy. It will explain their rise to power through banking. It will also highlight their influence on the Renaissance era and how they gained influence without violence.

How the Printing Press Changed the World

6. 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 Rise of the Vernacular and the Decline of Latin

7. The Rise of the Vernacular and the Decline of Latin

This lesson explains how Latin was widespread in Europe during the Roman Empire as well as how vernacular languages slowly replaced it. It also reviews how the Romance languages developed.

Michelangelo: Biography and Works

8. Michelangelo: Biography and Works

This lesson will focus on the life and works of Michelangelo. It will discuss his life in Florence, his dealings with the Medici family, his sculpture 'David,' the Sistine Chapel and many other of his awe-inspiring works.

Leonardo da Vinci: Biography

9. Leonardo da Vinci: Biography

This lesson will focus on the life of Leonardo da Vinci. It will highlight his career as an artist, an inventor, a scientist and a student of the human form. It will also include many of his most famous works.

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