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Listening to a selected read aloud and using multiple research sources, your class will research a major figure of the Renaissance. They then will write a biography of the individual chosen and review and edit a partner's biography using appropriate conventions of standard English. Using their partner's biography, learners will prepare an interview of the subject of the biography.
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.
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!
Beauty, art, and truth is the creed of the poet, and the Harlem Renaissance was all of those things. Discover the reasons for the great migration north, the poets, musicians, and artists that were part of the Harlem Renaissance. Slides contain images and great information on many influential people of the time, as well as their contributions to modern American culture.
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.
Students explore Niccolo Machiavelli and his political beliefs. In this men of the Renaissance lesson, students locate information about Niccolo Machiavelli using the Internet site Britannica. Students view political cartoons in newspapers and then design cartoons about Machiavelli and his political beliefs.