Renaissance History

Length: 36 weeks
Content-type: Text-based
Age/Grade: 3rd – 7th Grades
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How to Use This Course

When you hear the word Renaissance, what comes to mind? Leonardo da Vinci? Michelangelo? Do you ever think of shoguns in Japan? What about the Byzantine and Ottoman Empires? Rhonda Clark helps students explore Renaissance History through an ongoing weekly series exploring Renaissance history not only in Europe, but in Africa and Asia as well. Activities include crafts, lapbooks, additional reading suggestions, and more. Since this course builds on the prior time periods covered, it is necessary to follow the lessons through sequentially.

Course Introduction

What in the world is a renaissance world? I’m glad you asked. A Renaissance world is a changing world. By definition Renaissance means “rebirth.” defines it as:

“the activity, spirit, or time of the great revival of art, literature, and learning in Europe beginning in the 14th century and extending to the 17th century, marking the transition from the medieval to the modern world.”

Not only did the world rediscover a love for art and literature that rivaled the ancient Greeks and Romans, but the world was in a period of flux. This period forever changed not only the power and rule of monarchies, but the landscape of the Catholic Church as well. It also laid the foundations for the Protestant Movement.

Although the Renaissance started in the mid-1300s and ending around 1700, I’m going to travel back a bit further to around 1100-1200 and start our journey there. Those previous 200 years are packed with blueprint and foundational information. You don’t want to miss those key details if you want to fully understand what’s happening.

This course will cover 36 weeks and explore what was going on around the world during the 1100s-1700s. We’ll take a look at explorers, art, literature, science, monarchs, religion, and empires. We’ll include hands-on projects, written assignments, crafts, videos to watch, notebooking pages, and even lapbooks.

Are you ready? Let’s get busy exploring the Renaissance!

  • Lesson One: What In the World is a Renaissance World?
  • Lesson Two: The Netherlands—Their Father and Their Fight
  • Lesson Three: Italy—The Birthplace of the Renaissance
  • Lesson Four: Medici Family
  • Lesson Five: Africa—A Land of Many Cultures
  • Lesson Six: India, Persia, and the Ottomans
  • Lesson Seven: A Renaissance Christmas
  • Lesson Seven: Twelve Days of Christmas Song Worksheet
  • Lesson Eight: Japan
  • Lesson Nine: China
  • Lesson Ten: Russia
  • Lesson Eleven: Explorers
  • Lesson Twelve: Explorers to North and Central America
  • Lesson Thirteen: Explorers to South America and Beyond
  • Lesson Fourteen: France During Renaissance
  • Lesson Fifteen: Spain During the Renaissance
  • Lesson Sixteen: William Shakespeare
  • Lesson Seventeen: John Milton and John Bunyan
  • Lesson Eighteen: Scientists and Their Discoveries Part I
  • Lesson Nineteen: Scientists and Their Discoveries Part II
  • Lesson Twenty: Scientists and Their Discoveries Part III
  • Lesson Twenty-One: Renaissance Art – Italian Artists
  • Lesson Twenty-Two: Renaissance Art – Northern European Artists
  • Lesson Twenty-Three: Renaissance Art – Artists from Spain and the Americas
  • Lesson Twenty-Four: Renaissance Art – Eastern Art of India, Japan, and China
  • Lesson Twenty-Five: Australia
  • Lesson Twenty-Six: English History
  • Lesson Twenty-Seven: King Henry VIII
  • Lesson Twenty-Eight: Irish History
  • Lesson Twenty-Nine: Scottish History
  • Lesson Thirty: Reformation and Reformers Part One
  • Lesson Thirty-One: Reformation and Reformers Part Two
  • Lesson Thirty-Two: Reformation and Reformers Part Three
  • Lesson Thirty-Three: Reformation and Reformers Part Four
  • Lesson Thirty-Four: Reformation and Reformers Part Five
  • Lesson Thirty-Five: Reformation and Reformers Part Six
  • Lesson Thirty-Six: What Does the Renaissance Mean for You?

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