Ch 9: Renaissance History Lesson Plans

About This Chapter

Review this chapter to get lesson plans that will help your students learn about the Renaissance. The chapter also includes lessons on each topic found in the lesson plans.

Renaissance History Lesson Plans - Chapter Summary

Before you begin a lesson on the Renaissance in your classroom, it's a good idea to go over the lesson plans we have included in this chapter. Our lesson plans are specifically designed to make sure that your students grasp the most important topics needed to understand these historical periods. Some of the topics you can find lesson plans on are:

  • The philosophy and works of Niccolo Machiavelli
  • The timeline of the Renaissance
  • Renaissance humanism
  • The House of Medici

Attached to each lesson plan is a lesson on the topic itself, which you can use to help your students better understand the main points you will go over in class.

How It Helps

  • Historical timeline: Places the major events of the Renaissance in a clear, historical timeline
  • Significant figures: Provides information on some of the most significant figures of this period, their achievements and the reasons for their significance
  • Explains cause and effect: Ensures that your students understand the causes and effects of the major events and developments of this period

How It Works

This helpful resource offers teachers lesson plan outlines with relevant tools to make planning Renaissance lessons easy.

  • Find lesson plans for specific Renaissance topics you want to cover in class.
  • Formulate your history class outline using the suggested classroom tools offered in the lesson plans.
  • Share the related modern Renaissance lessons for each lesson plan with students in class to make learning fun and engaging.
  • Use related lesson quizzes to ensure your students understand the most important historical concepts from the lessons.
  • Engage your students with relevant modern Renaissance-related activities, discussion questions or other materials found in the lesson plan outline.

49 Lessons in Chapter 9: Renaissance History Lesson Plans
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Machiavelli Lesson Plan

1. Machiavelli Lesson Plan

With this lesson plan and materials from Study.com, you'll have everything you need to help your students better understand the mind and politics of Niccolo Machiavelli.

Niccolo Machiavelli: Philosophy, Politics & Books

2. Niccolo Machiavelli: Philosophy, Politics & Books

Machiavelli established the standards for much of our modern day evaluation of leaders in society. This lesson will assist you in understanding the historical foundations of this criteria. It will also explore the politics, works, and philosophy of ~'father of modern political theory,~' Niccolo Machiavelli.

Renaissance Lesson Plan

3. Renaissance Lesson Plan

Are you seeking a one-stop shop for your instruction on the Renaissance? If so, this lesson plan has it all, including a full unit study with corresponding Study.com video lessons that can be easily broken down into short lessons, each with integrated activities that culminate in a mastery project. To stay on this path of enlightenment, consider our suggestions for supplementary activities and related lessons.

The Medici Lesson Plan

4. The Medici Lesson Plan

Use this lesson plan to introduce students to the Medici family. Students will watch a video lesson, discuss this influential Florentine family, and create a detailed collaborative family tree.

The Renaissance Timeline: Events Overview

5. 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

6. 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

7. 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

8. 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

9. 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

10. 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

11. 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

12. 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

13. 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.

Printing Press Lesson Plan

14. Printing Press Lesson Plan

Teach your students about the printing press with this lesson plan. Students will watch our instructional video outlining the history and impact of the printing press and discuss how it contributed to society before applying concepts to a fun activity.

New Ways of Spreading Information in the Renaissance

15. 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

16. 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

17. 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.

Johannes Gutenberg Lesson Plan

18. Johannes Gutenberg Lesson Plan

Use this lesson plan to teach your students about Johannes Gutenberg. Students will watch a video lesson detailing who he was, what he invented and the importance of his inventions. Finish up with a fun activity.

Johannes Gutenberg: Inventions, Facts & Accomplishments

19. Johannes Gutenberg: Inventions, Facts & Accomplishments

In this lesson, we will learn about Johannes Gutenberg, the inventor of the mechanical moving-type printing press. We will explore his life and learn about the impact of his important invention.

Michelangelo Lesson Plan

20. Michelangelo Lesson Plan

Use this lesson plan to introduce the life and works of Michelangelo. Students will watch a video lesson, discuss key points of information, and delve deeper into an artwork of their choice.

Michelangelo: Biography and Works

21. 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.

Italian Renaissance Lesson Plan

22. Italian Renaissance Lesson Plan

This lesson plan includes a quiz, discussion questions and topics, as well as an activity designed to help student learn and retain important knowledge regarding the Italian Renaissance.

Leonardo da Vinci Lesson Plan

23. Leonardo da Vinci Lesson Plan

What lasting legacy was left to us by Leonardo da Vinci? This lesson plan uses two engaging video lessons to deliver key facts about da Vinci's many talents and contributions and an activity reinforces learning.

Leonardo Da Vinci: Drawings, Sculptures & Inventions

24. Leonardo Da Vinci: Drawings, Sculptures & Inventions

Though his most famous work is a painting, Leonardo da Vinci's talents and interests seem to have had no end. The small handful of finished works we have by the artist are only a glimmer of the 4,000+ pages of sketches and notes he left behind. This lesson covers his exploits beyond his stunning paintings.

Leonardo da Vinci: Biography

25. 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.

Galileo Lesson Plan

26. Galileo Lesson Plan

This lesson plan will provide key objectives, vocabulary, discussion points, and an activity that will help students understand Galileo's importance to the world of science.

Who Was Galileo? - Contributions, History & Accomplishments

27. Who Was Galileo? - Contributions, History & Accomplishments

Learn what makes Galileo's life and work such an important part of the development of the modern scientific approach. Find out what concepts he developed regarding the motion of objects, and read about what he observed with a telescope.

Nicolaus Copernicus Lesson Plan

28. Nicolaus Copernicus Lesson Plan

Most of us have heard of Nicholaus Copernicus, but who really knows what he is famous for? This lesson plan uses an informative video lesson to explain this and an activity to bring his theories to life.

Nicholaus Copernicus: Accomplishments, Facts & Theory

29. Nicholaus Copernicus: Accomplishments, Facts & Theory

Explore the life and accomplishments of Renaissance astronomer Nicholaus Copernicus, and test your understanding of Copernicus' works and influence on modern astronomy.

Northern Renaissance Lesson Plan

30. Northern Renaissance Lesson Plan

This lesson plan provides you with a quiz, key vocabulary, discussion topics, and an activity to help students learn about the Northern Renaissance and how it differed from the Italian Renaissance.

The Northern Renaissance

31. The Northern Renaissance

This lesson will focus on the Northern Renaissance. It will contrast the Renaissance of the North with the Italian Renaissance, exploring these differences in the areas of art, politics, and religion.

Spanish Inquisition Lesson Plan

32. Spanish Inquisition Lesson Plan

This lesson plan uses discussion questions and topics as well as a quiz and an activity to teach students about the Spanish Inquisition, where it occurred, and how it unfolded.

Reconquista and Spanish Inquisition

33. Reconquista and Spanish Inquisition

This lesson will explain the Spanish Reconquista and the Spanish Inquisition. It will focus on the reasons for each, specifically highlighting the role of Ferdinand and Isabella, and the tortures they allowed.

Sistine Chapel Lesson Plan

34. Sistine Chapel Lesson Plan

What is the Sistine Chapel and why is it important? This lesson plan uses two factual text lessons to outline key facts about the Sistine Chapel. An activity allows students to demonstrate understanding.

The Sistine Chapel: History & Frescoes

35. The Sistine Chapel: History & Frescoes

The Sistine Chapel holds incredible significance both for the people of the Catholic faith and also for art-lovers. Read this lesson to discover the history and the frescoes of this renowned chapel.

Michelangelo & the Painting of Sistine Chapel

36. Michelangelo & the Painting of Sistine Chapel

Michelangelo initially wanted nothing to do with the Sistine Chapel. But he eventually took on the task of painting its altar wall and ceiling, and his incredible work there helped establish him as one of the foremost painters of all time.

Galileo Activities & Games

37. Galileo Activities & Games

Galileo was a man of many different skills: he was a scientist, inventor, mathematician, and physicist. Use the following activities and games to help your students explore this innovative man and his work.

Galileo Activities & Games for Kids

38. Galileo Activities & Games for Kids

Are you teaching your students about Galileo? The activities in this lesson that provide an opportunity for your students to learn about the inventions and other successes of Galileo.

Renaissance Timeline Lesson Plan

39. Renaissance Timeline Lesson Plan

Educate your students about the Renaissance timeline. They will view a video lesson about the Renaissance, complete their own timeline and skits about this important era, and have the chance to extend their knowledge.

The American Commercial Revolution Lesson Plan

40. The American Commercial Revolution Lesson Plan

Consider using this lesson to introduce your students to the economic changes in the North following the Civil War. Students will participate in a group simulation to experience the factory system.

Renaissance Art Lesson Plan for High School

41. Renaissance Art Lesson Plan for High School

Use this lesson plan to introduce your students to some of the major themes of Renaissance art. Students will be exposed to some of the famous works of the Renaissance and will learn specific thematic and aesthetic traits.

Renaissance Fair Project Ideas

42. Renaissance Fair Project Ideas

Hosting an in-class Renaissance fair can be a fun and memorable experience for students. These project ideas will help you design and organize a fair that works for your class.

Renaissance Project Ideas for Middle School

43. Renaissance Project Ideas for Middle School

When studying the Renaissance, projects can be a wonderful way to create deeper engagement with these ancient works of art and the revolutionary changes to ideology that accompanied this defining time period of history.

Renaissance Project Ideas for High School

44. Renaissance Project Ideas for High School

The Renaissance was a time of great creativity coming on the heels of the Dark Ages. These three projects will assist your high school students in learning about some of the major people, artwork, and milestones of the time period.

Renaissance Art Project Ideas

45. Renaissance Art Project Ideas

Few things define the Renaissance more than its art. These lesson plans can be used in art classrooms, history classrooms, or as general lessons about culture for most grade levels.

Leonardo Da Vinci Project Ideas

46. Leonardo Da Vinci Project Ideas

Leonardo da Vinci is one of the most famous artists of all time, but how much do your students really know about him? These projects can help them delve deeper into the life and works of the quintessential Renaissance man.

Renaissance Unit Plan

47. Renaissance Unit Plan

Educate your high schoolers about the Renaissance with this helpful unit plan. Along the way, they will learn analytical, cooperative, and communicative skills through hands-on activities and projects.

Renaissance Activities for Middle School

48. Renaissance Activities for Middle School

These ideas can help your middle-school students learn more about the Renaissance through engaging and unique activities that will get their minds working in different ways.

Renaissance Activities for High School

49. Renaissance Activities for High School

High School is a great time to delve deeper into the complexities of the Renaissance. These activities can help your students approach this material in new ways.

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