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Below is a sample breakdown of The Renaissance 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 timeline|
|Important events of the Renaissance|
Italian city-states, birth of the Renaissance
Definition of humanism, events that led to humanism, how humanism changed common thinking
Painting, sculpture and architecture during the Renaissance period
|Tuesday|| The Medicis|
The creation of Parliament
The economy during the Renaissance
The creation of modern nation states
|How the Medicis came to power and kept it, their role in the Renaissance|
Disputes between monarchs and the people, as well as monarchs and the church, that led to a representative form of government
The rise of banking as a source of power, developments including the double-entry system and bills of exchange
The rise of nation-states and the decline of feudalism and church power
|Wednesday|| Wycliffe and Hus' heresies|
The Northern Renaissance
France and the Valois after the 100 Years' War
|The teachings of John Wycliffe and Jan Hus and the changes they inspired|
How Renaissance ideas spread to other countries, such as England, Germany, France and Spain
How military tactics changed during the war, changes in the monarchy and in taxation
|Thursday||The Wars of the Roses|
Leonardo Da Vinci
|Cause of the war, the divine right of kings|
The Tudor monarchs and events of their reign, including the Act of Supremacy and the Marian Persecutions as well as the Golden Age of England under Elizabeth I
Da Vinci's art and his scientific explorations
|Friday||The Spanish Inquisition|
Columbus and the compass
The impact of the printing press
| The overthrow of Muslim power, Torquemada and the tribunals, torture|
How the development of the compass made navigation possible for the voyages of Columbus
How the development of the printing press changed civilization
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
6. The Birth of Parliament: Monarchs vs. the Aristocracy
This lesson will focus on the rise of monarchies during the Renaissance, highlighting the interactions of these monarchies with the church and the aristocracy.
7. The Renaissance Economy: The Rise of Banking
In this lesson, we will discuss the rise of banking and the Renaissance economy. We will highlight the Medici family and the rise of the middle class.
8. The Formation of Modern Nation States
This lesson explains the formation of the modern nation-states. It will highlight how the decline of feudalism, as well as the decline in church power, helped bring about the modern nation-state. It will also feature several monarchs who ruled during these times.
9. The Renaissance Heresies of Wycliffe and Hus
This lesson will focus on the Renaissance teachings of John Wycliffe and Jan Hus. It will highlight their challenges to church authority, membership and traditions.
10. 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.
11. France and the Valois at the End of the 100 Years War
This lesson focuses on France at the end of The Hundred Years War. It will examine the changes to France in the areas of military tactics, feudalism, and its monarchies. It will also highlight the French monarchs of the time period.
12. England's Wars of the Roses
This lesson will focus on England's Wars of the Roses. It will highlight the key figures from both the Houses of York and Lancaster. It will also identify the importance of the divine right of kings.
13. England and the Tudors at the End of the Wars of the Roses
This lesson will focus on the Tudor Dynasty, which came to power after England's Wars of the Roses. It will focus on the contributions of the five Tudor monarchs in the areas of government, religion, economic and the arts.
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.
15. 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.
16. How the Compass Helped Columbus
This lesson will explore the use of the compass during Columbus' voyages to the New World. It will highlight the navigational techniques of dead reckoning and celestial navigation. It will also review the voyages of Columbus.
17. 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.
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