The Renaissance Connection Lesson Plans
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Explore our curricular lesson plans for middle school grades. Each one relates to one or more themes from the Renaissance Connection.

General Introduction  

What and when was the Renaissance? What are the modern connections?

Quest for Knowledge
Arts and Architecture
Patrons and Lifestyle
Everyday Life
Trade and Exploration
Science and Innovations

Language Arts

 

Different Points of View
Write a dialog by looking at a portrait and representing the subject's point of view and the artist's point of view.


Arts and Architecture
Patrons and Lifestyle

Interpreting Works of Art: The Compare and Contrast Method
Write about the similarities and differences in two works of art.


Arts and Architecture

Art

 

Discovering Linear Perspective
Learn linear perspective and find examples in works of art.


Quest for Knowledge
Arts and Architecture
Science and Innovations

Tempera versus Oil Paint
Study the change from oil to tempera paint and compare the effects in works of art.


Arts and Architecture
Trade and Exploration
Science and Innovations

Science

 

Egg Tempera 
Use eggs to make tempera paint the same way Renaissance artists made tempera paint.


Science and Innovations

Invention Timeline
Compare one or two technological innovations of the Renaissance with modern innovations.


Quest for Knowledge
Science and Innovations

Social Studies

 

Humanism in the Renaissance
Changes in subject matter of art illustrate changes in the Renaissance view of people and their place in the world.


Quest for Knowledge
Arts and Architecture

The Geography of the Renaissance 
Explore the Renaissance through the five themes of geography: location, place, human interaction, movement and regions.


Patrons and Lifestyle
Everyday Life

Math

 

Using Ratios  
Discover the math in color by mixing color variations and recording the ratios used to create different tones and values.


Arts and Architecture

Finding Value in the Renaissance
Work story problems set in Renaissance Europe and learn the value of art, property and European currency.


Patrons and Lifestyle
Trade and Exploration


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