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Here is a wonderful collection of lessons that focus on the music produced during the Renaissance period. Vocal music, instrumental music, and dances that were common to this era are all studied. Learners should understand the impacts that history, religion, and culture had on the art forms produced during this colorful time. Lots of opportunities to create rhythm, harmony, and melody are offered. A terrific set of plans!
The work of Langston Hughes opens the door to research into the origin and legacy of the Harlem Renaissance and how the literature of the period can be viewed as a commentary on race relations in America. In addition, groups are assigned one critical approach to use to analyze Hughes’ play, Mulatto: A Play of the Deep South.
Introduce the Renaissance to the class by first describing the thinking and ideology that pushed the movement into action. Humanism, secularism, and a shift in thinking are the focus of this presentation. It also features document-based questioning and critical thinking. Many of the slides provide simple information. Two slides include a primary source quote and critical thinking question related to the rise of the Italian Renaissance. In it's entirety, you will find this to be a solid resource.
A presentation with critical thinking, document analysis, and regents questions! Examine the shifts in art, learning, and understanding that took place during the Italian Renaissance. A look at the differences between the early Renaissance and the late Dark Ages makes for an easy compare and contrast activity.
Take a quick trip through the art that defined the Northern Renaissance. Focused on the art of Pieter Bruegel the Elder, this presentation shows his work and analyzes it in terms of social and historical context. Tip: This would be a good resource to use at an independent work station.
Students investigate the history of cabinetry and furniture, specifically the Renaissance period. In this art history instructional activity, students investigate photographs of the Renaissance Revival/Aesthetic Cabinet, and examine the small characteristics and details. Students create their own miniature door panel from poster board, popsicle sticks, and markers.
Sixth graders examine the renaissance period in history and explore various topics related to this time period. In this renaissance instructional activity, 6th graders recognize how the renaissance period changed the nature of society and consider how migration and cultural diffusion influenced other world societies. Students analyze economic ideas that had a major impact on world events and identify various artifacts related to the renaissance period.
Students explore the social and cultural context of the Harlem Renaissance. Students take notes on post-it notes while watching videos about the Harlem Renaissance. Students define words used to describe African Americans during the nineteenth century and the Renaissance. Students complete topic-related handouts and write an essay for the lesson.
Young scholars discover the Harlem Renaissance. In this early 20th century activity, students use various primary sources including handouts, worksheets, maps, music, and poetry to examine aspects of African American culture. Young scholars will engage in a series of activities geared at answering the days 'Big Idea'. This activity includes web resources, assessments, a 5 station activity, and worksheets.
Students recognize the characteristics of an extended definition. In this Renaissance person instructional activity, students read a collection of short stories. Students research the definitions of Renaissance and Renaissance person. Students write an extended definition.
Students investigate the history of African Americans by researching Harlem. In this culture lesson, students examine a slide-show of images and identify the great African American singers and performers of the 20th century. Students recite important quotes from the era and explore the beautiful music made in the Harlem Renaissance.
Sixth graders map out trade routes. For this Renaissance time period lesson, 6th graders complete a Christopher Columbus Map Activity, discuss and identify the parts of a map, and locate Asia, Europe and the Middle East. Students research trade routes, specifically Renaissance trade routes, modes of transportation and cultural exchanges. Students complete a map that shows at least three major trade routes.