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Ch 6: The Renaissance - ORELA Middle Grades Social Science

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Let us aid in your review of the events, developments and characters of the Renaissance as you study for the ORELA Middle Grades Social Science test. Our study guide provides a variety of tools to help you get ready for the test.

ORELA Middle Grades Social Science: The Renaissance - Chapter Summary

This chapter's lessons offer a way to refresh your knowledge of the events and personalities of the Renaissance period in Europe. Use our study aids to prepare for ORELA Middle Grades Social Science exam questions on Renaissance topics that include:

  • Chronology of events
  • The Renaissance in Italy
  • Humanism and its influence
  • Art and artists of the Renaissance
  • The development of banking during the Renaissance
  • The creation of modern nation states
  • The Renaissance in northern Europe
  • Leonardo Da Vinci's life, inventions and art

You can view these videos anytime you have a few minutes, via computer or mobile device. The lessons are short, averaging about five minutes each, and they are followed by a short multiple-choice quiz. You can read along with the instructor through a written transcript and keep up with your progress through the lessons on the Dashboard.

ORELA Middle Grades Social Science: The Renaissance Objectives

In Oregon, candidates for certification to teach social science in the middle grades must pass the ORELA Middle Grades Social Science exam. This is a computer-delivered test that contains only multiple-choice questions. You can get experience answering similar questions through our lesson quizzes and the chapter exam. These tests also let you evaluate your learning and see where you need extra study.

Questions on the ORELA Middle Grades Social Science exam are divided into four content domains, and the Renaissance is covered in the History domain. This section of the test makes up 50% of the test's total content.

8 Lessons in Chapter 6: The Renaissance - ORELA Middle Grades Social Science
The Renaissance Timeline: Events Overview

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.

The Italian Renaissance and Italy's Transformation

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.

Humanism in the Renaissance: Recognizing the Beauty of the Individual

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.

Renaissance Art: Artists, Paintings, Sculptures & Architecture

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.

The Renaissance Economy: The Rise of Banking

5. 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.

The Formation of Modern Nation States

6. 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.

The Northern Renaissance

7. 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.

Leonardo da Vinci: Biography

8. 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.

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