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Ch 2: Renaissance Philosophy, Art & Literature: AP European History Lesson Plans

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The Renaissance Art, Philosophy and Literature chapter of this course is designed to help you plan and teach Renaissance culture 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 Art, Philosophy and Literature 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.

DayTopicsKey Terms and Concepts Covered
MondayRenaissance philosophyInfluence of Cicero and humanism on Renaissance thought
TuesdayRenaissance art Artistic changes and techniques found in Renaissance architecture, painting and sculpture
WednesdayGeoffrey Chaucer and the RenaissanceSocial influence of The Canterbury Tales on 14th-century England
ThursdayLeonardo Da Vinci and the Renaissance Biography and many accomplishments of Leonardo Da Vinci
FridayMajor works of Michelangelo and Raphael Comparison of the architecture and painting of Michelangelo and Raphael; well-known sculptures of Michelangelo

7 Lessons in Chapter 2: Renaissance Philosophy, Art & Literature: AP European History Lesson Plans
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Cicero and the Renaissance: Philosophies & Influence

1. Cicero and the Renaissance: Philosophies & Influence

In this lesson, we will meet the Roman philosopher and statesman Cicero and discover the influence his writings had on Renaissance thinkers, writers, and politicians.

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.

Canterbury Tales by Geoffrey Chaucer

4. Canterbury Tales by Geoffrey Chaucer

This lesson analyzes Geoffrey Chaucer's Canterbury Tales, an early classic of English literature. In it we will highlight Chaucer's criticism of social rank, the position of women, and Church corruption.

Leonardo da Vinci: Biography

5. 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.

Michelangelo: Biography and Works

6. 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.

Biography of Raphael: Paintings, Architecture & Major Works

7. Biography of Raphael: Paintings, Architecture & Major Works

In this lesson, we will meet the Renaissance artist Raphael. We will examine his life, a few of his most famous paintings and his work in architecture.

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