Ch 10: Renaissance Europe: Middle School World History Lesson Plans

About This Chapter

The Renaissance Europe chapter of this Middle School World History Syllabus Resource and Lesson Plans course is designed to help you plan and teach the contributors of the European Renaissance period in your classroom. The video lessons, quizzes and transcripts can easily be adapted to provide your lesson plans with engaging and dynamic educational content. Make planning your course easier by using our syllabus as a guide.

Weekly Syllabus

Below is a sample breakdown of the Renaissance Europe chapter into a 5-day school week. Based on the pace of your course, you may need to adapt the lesson plan to fit your needs.

Day Topics Key Terms and Concepts Covered
Monday Renaissance overview, the Italian Renaissance and Florence Discussion of topics such as the Reformation, Renaissance, Elizabethan and the Age of Exploration eras; relationship between Italy and the Republic of Florence and the Renaissance period
Tuesday Humanism and the House of Medici Development and concept of humanism; history of the Medici family
Wednesday Trading, Silk Road and Marco Polo Explanation of the importance of independent trading cities, meaning of the Silk Road and the location of Marco Polo's travels
Thursday Mass communication, printing press and language Discussion of the need for native languages and the drop in the use of Latin; development of the printing press and paper manufacturing
Friday Renaissance art, Michelangelo and Da Vinci Exploration of the architecture, artists, sculptures and paintings of the Renaissance period; biography of Michelangelo and Leonardo Da Vinci

14 Lessons in Chapter 10: Renaissance Europe: Middle School World History Lesson Plans
Test your knowledge with a 30-question chapter practice test
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.

Florence in the Early Renaissance

6. Florence in the Early Renaissance

Explore the powerful city-state called the Republic of Florence that thrived during the Renaissance, and test your understanding about the history of the Renaissance and the role of Florence in European culture.

Growth of Independent Trading Cities in the Renaissance

7. Growth of Independent Trading Cities in the Renaissance

In this lesson, you will begin to explore the history of independent trading cities called city-states that emerged during the Renaissance. Then you will test your understanding of this important period in world history.

Reopening the Ancient Silk Road During the Renaissance

8. Reopening the Ancient Silk Road During the Renaissance

In this lesson, you will go on a historic road trip along the famous Silk Roads that connected Europe and Asia. As we go along, we'll cover the Mongol Empire, the mixing of cultures through trade, and the Renaissance.

Marco Polo's Travels & Routes

9. Marco Polo's Travels & Routes

In this lesson, you will become an explorer, just like Marco Polo, as you discover the history of the famous adventurer's travels across Asia. Then, test your understanding about the Renaissance, the Mongol Empire, and Marco Polo with a brief quiz.

New Ways of Spreading Information in the Renaissance

10. New Ways of Spreading Information in the Renaissance

Much like us, the people of the Renaissance experienced a communications revolution. Learn more about the new forms of technology they used, beginning in the 1300s, and how it changed the way people communicated.

How the Printing Press Changed the World

11. 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

12. 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

13. 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

14. 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.

Chapter Practice Exam
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Practice Final Exam
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