Renaissance Theme Page
Below are other CLN "Theme Pages" that support the study of the Renaissance.
CLN's theme pages are collections of useful Internet educational resources within
a narrow curricular topic and contain links to two types of information. Students
and teachers will find curricular resources (information, content...) to help
them learn about this topic. In addition, there are links to instructional materials
(lesson plans), which will help teachers provide instruction in this theme.
Art History Theme Page
Medieval Studies Theme Page
Shakespeare Theme Page
General Renaissance Resources
Here are a number of links to other Internet resources which contain information
and/or other links related to the Renaissance. Please read our
Century Renaissance English Literature (1485-1603)
- Biographical information and electronic copies of works from such authors
as More, Spenser, Marlowe, Shakespeare, and Heriot. There are also essays
and articles on the period as well as links to related resources.
Compendium of Common Knowledge 1558-1603
- An extensive set of illustrated articles on life in Elizabethan England.
Knowledge Lesson Plans
Imparo (Still I Am Improving) A fifth grade, two-week teaching unit
on the Italian Renaissance. Students map out trade routes, research the
role of the church, and evaluate Renaissance ideals as outlined in The
Prince by Machiavelli. There is also a fine art component to the unit.
The Renaissance A three-week teaching unit for grade 5 students in
a PDF Format. Lesson topics include: The City States, The Medici Family,
The Art of Governing, Leonardo Da Vinci, Michelangelo, The Gutenberg Press,
The Courtier, Don Quixote, and Shakespeare.
Impulse: The Development of Western Civilization: Renaissance
- This is a metalist of links to other Renaissance sites. Topics are organized
under History (i.e., people, places, events) or Art (Art and Architecture,
Artists, Architecture, Literature and Drama, Music and Dance, and Daily Life
- Intended for people who participate in re-enactment activities, this site
gives descriptions of the clothing worn during the Elizabethan period in addition
to the specific instructions on how to create the actual costume itself. Many
of the links are to pages within this site but there are also plenty of links
to outside resources.
- Springfield High School (IL) students created this site writing informational
articles (complete with pictures) on important figures, events, and cultural
trends of the time.
- A comprehensive Website on Leonardo da Vinci, which includes five lesson
plans for hands-on classroom activities. The four content sections provide
information on Leonardo's futuristic inventions, Renaissance techniques for
drawing perspective, a biography of the man, and his curious habit of writing
Guide to Medieval and Renaissance Instruments
- Descriptions, pictures, and links to over 30 musical instruments of this
- Learn about nine inventions that were developed during the Renaissance:
Clocks, Gunpowder and Artillery, Eye Glasses and Spectacles, Printing Press,
Flush Toilet, Microscope, Telescope, Submarine, and the Match.
of Women in Tudor England
- Although this is a single page site, it contains a lot of information necessary
to understand life in that period.
- Links to articles/publications about medieval food as well as to individual
- Check out the Medieval/Renaissance Wedding FAQ for information about traditions,
ceremonies, attire, receptions, feasts and wedding music.
Fear o' Eras
- The idea behind No Fear o' Eras is to discover some of the key features,
aspects, traits, or characteristics that make up the style of certain artistic
eras. You will get to look at three examples from some main eras to see if
you can discover what the painters did in common that give a similar look
or style to each grouping of three. You will look at how the painters used
the elements of design to communicate a shared goal.
Predecessors: Moors in Renaissance Popular Literature
- In this lesson plan, high school students use Shakespeare's Othello and
the stereotypes of Moors and Africans prevalent in Shakespeare's time as a
vehicle for examining the stereotypes they themselves bring while viewing
movies and television or in approaching the average school day.
and Public Health in Renaissance Europe
- An archive of narratives, government records, religious writings, and images
that document the impact of the plague and how Europeans dealt with it.
- A hyper-linked guide to the history, culture, and daily life of 16th century
France by the Society for Creative Anachronism, a group dedicated to historical
recreation of the Middle Ages and Renaissance. Lots of information organized
under the following main headings: When We Are; What We Are; Who We Are; History
and Politics; Society and Culture; Tavern Life; Entertainment; and Aspects
of Everyday Life.
- This exhibit from the Annenberg/CPB Projects Exhibits Collection provides
an overview to the Renaissance period. Topics covered are: Introduction; Out
of the Middle Ages; Exploration and Trade; Printing and Thinking; Symmetry,
Shape, Size; Focus on Florence.
- Hyper-linked articles on the Renaissance in Italy, Netherlands, Germany
and France from The WebMuseum in Paris.
- A description of an interdisciplinary project for grade six student in
Art, Music, Social Studies, Language Arts, and Library.
- Articles and pictures on the Tudor monarchs/families, life during the period,
architecture, maps, chronologies, and glossaries.
- In this 6-8 week unit, Grade 8 students travel back in time and assume
the role of an apprentice to one of the various guilds that existed during
the Renaissance period. In learning their trade, they must travel throughout
the virtual world learning from various masters. Teacher's will need time
to explore the site since it's quite extensive, but a teacher's guide to the
unit is available (Portal 5).
of the Shuttle: English Literature: Renaissance and 17th Century
- A meta-list of links to a large number of Websites dedicated to English
Renaissance Literature (authors, works, and criticisms).
Haven Teachers Institute
Fairs and Festivals: Mirrors of Renaissance Society A study of Renaissance
holidays and culture for grade 9 students.
Ideas and Ideals of Man, From the Renaissance to the Reformation A
10-15 day unit in which students examine the Renaissance and especially
a study of Italian humanism and artistic expression of the fifteenth and
sixteenth centuries. The second half of the unit covers the Protestant
Reformation and how it was a product of the Renaissance.
Illusion of the Renaissance This is a teaching unit for eighth grade
and high school art students focussing on perspective. The paper starts
with a brief sketch of the major differences between Medieval and Renaissance
art, proceeds to a history of the discovery of perspective, and finishes
with a description of illusionistic art work from the 15th to the 17th
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