Ch 2: Renaissance Philosophy, Art & Literature: Homeschool Curriculum

About This Chapter

The Renaissance Philosophy, Art and Literature unit of this AP European History Homeschool Curriculum course is designed to help homeschooled students learn about the Italian 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 AP European History Homeschool course will benefit any student who is trying to learn about Renaissance philosophy, art and literature. There is no faster or easier way to learn about the Italian Renaissance. Among those who would benefit are:

  • Students who require an efficient, self-paced course of study to learn about Cicero, Leonardo Da Vinci or Geoffrey Chaucer, among other major figures.
  • 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 Philosophy, Art and Literature unit exam confirm understanding or identify any topics that require review.

Renaissance Philosophy, Art and Literature Unit Objectives:

  • Learn about the influence of the Roman philosopher, Marcus Tullius Cicero, on the Renaissance.
  • Understand the importance of humanism and the individual in Renaissance culture.
  • Become familiar with Geoffrey Chaucer's Canterbury Tales.
  • Explore the life of Leonardo Da Vinci.
  • Learn about the life and works of architect and painter, Raphael.
  • Study the life and major works of Michelangelo.

7 Lessons in Chapter 2: Renaissance Philosophy, Art & Literature: Homeschool Curriculum
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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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