About This Chapter
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.
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.
2. Humanism in the Renaissance: Recognizing the Beauty of the Individual
As the power of the Church declined near the beginning of the 14th century, the study of humanism and the idea of individual independence greatly increased. Discover more about how disenchantment from the bubonic plague, the rise of the market economy, and the downfall of the feudal system prompted humanism, individual interests and independence, and creativity and helped usher in the Renaissance.
3. Renaissance Art: Artists, Paintings, Sculptures & Architecture
The Renaissance was a period of time in the 14th century when art became centered on the individual and Earthly experiences rather than the mystical or ethereal. Discover how humanism shaped the art of the Renaissance and identify Greek and Roman influences on artists, paintings, sculptures, and architecture.
4. Canterbury Tales by Geoffrey Chaucer
Geoffrey Chaucer authored the early classic of English literature called the Canterbury Tales. Learn about the times in which Chaucer wrote and consider Chaucer's criticism of social rank, the position of women, and Church corruption.
5. Leonardo da Vinci: Biography
Explore this biography of Leonardo da Vinci in this lesson. It covers his early years as an apprentice, his works of art, his scientific knowledge, his inventions, his study of the human anatomy, and his final years.
6. Michelangelo: Biography and Works
Learn about the artist Michelangelo who was a famous sculptor from Florence. The topics covered in this lesson are his early childhood, his connection to the Medici family, his famous artworks, his work on the Sistine Chapel, and his relationships.
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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