Ch 13: The Scientific Revolution: Middle School World History Lesson Plans

About This Chapter

The Scientific Revolution chapter of this course is designed to help you plan and teach the scientific and intellectual events that took place during the Scientific Revolution in your classroom. The video lessons, quizzes and transcripts can easily be adapted to provide your lesson plans with engaging and dynamic educational content. Make planning your course easier by using our syllabus as a guide.

Weekly Syllabus

Below is a sample breakdown of The Scientific Revolution 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.

DayTopicsKey Terms and Concepts Covered
Monday Overview of the Scientific Revolution Nicolaus Copernicus and the heliocentric model, Brahe and Kepler, Galileo and the telescope, Francis Bacon, Descartes and Newton
Tuesday Medicine and chemistry; Brahe and Copnernicus New ideas from Paracelsus and Andreas Vesalius, iatrochemistry and Boyle's Law; Humanism, Copernicus' heliocentric system; Brahe's theories on the planets orbiting the Earth
Wednesday Galileo and Newton Galileo's impact on Western civilization, improvements on the telescope and reaction of the church; Newton's Law of Universal Gravitation and Laws of Motion
Thursday Kepler, Bacon and Descartes Kepler's Laws of Planetary Motion and the Keplerian Telescope; development of the scientific method and the Father of Modern Philosophy
Friday Effects on Early Modern society Philosophical, religious and cultural effects; the scientific method and emphasis on observation and empiricism

8 Lessons in Chapter 13: The Scientific Revolution: Middle School World History Lesson Plans
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The Scientific Revolution: Definition, History, Causes & Leaders

1. The Scientific Revolution: Definition, History, Causes & Leaders

In this lesson we explore the Scientific Revolution and the controversy which surrounds the very term. Additionally, we learn about just a few of the most important thinkers of the period who laid the foundation for our modern understanding of the world.

Breakthroughs in Medicine & Chemistry: Examples & Empiricism

2. Breakthroughs in Medicine & Chemistry: Examples & Empiricism

In this lesson, we explore the medical and chemical breakthroughs which occurred in the 16th and 17th centuries as part of the era's increased emphasis on empiricism and the concurring Scientific Revolution.

Tycho Brahe and Copernicus Take On the Known Universe

3. Tycho Brahe and Copernicus Take On the Known Universe

Astronomy according to Ptolemy was the popular theory until Copernicus turned it on its head. This lesson explores the theories of Copernicus and Brahe and how the two changed astronomical study.

Galileo, the Telescope & the Church

4. Galileo, the Telescope & the Church

This lesson explores the contributions of Galileo to modern science. It examines his early steps toward a scientific method, his work on falling bodies and, of course, his astronomical discoveries. Finally, the Church's reaction to these discoveries is explored.

Isaac Newton's Role in the Scientific Revolution

5. Isaac Newton's Role in the Scientific Revolution

In this lesson, we will learn about the role Isaac Newton played in the Scientific Revolution. We will explore his major contributions to science, and see why he is one of the most important scientists to have ever lived.

Kepler's Role in the Scientific Revolution

6. Kepler's Role in the Scientific Revolution

In this lesson, we will learn about the role Johannes Kepler played in the Scientific Revolution. We will identify his major contributions and learn why he was important.

Bacon, Descartes & the Scientific Method

7. Bacon, Descartes & the Scientific Method

In this lesson, we will learn about the scientific method. We will look at how men like Roger Bacon, Francis Bacon, and René Descartes helped develop the Scientific Method we know today.

Effects of the Scientific Revolution

8. Effects of the Scientific Revolution

In this lesson, we explore the philosophical, religious, and cultural effects of the Scientific Revolution on Early Modern society - effects that forever changed the Western view of the universe and humanity's place within it.

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