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Renaissance, Science, and Enlightenment

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Renaissance, Science, and Enlightenment

Step 1Class discussion with students

There are many debatable theories as to why the Renaissance occurred. Most scholars date its beginning in Italy, between the 14th and 17th centuries. The Renaissance is seen as the bridge between the Middle Ages and modern history. There are four main contributing factors that played a role in the origins of the Renaissance. Break your class into four groups, assigning one factor to each group to be researched. Students will prepare their answers for a debate to prove that their topic was the most important factor leading to the Renaissance.

Four main factors are:

  • Rediscovery of Greek and Latin concepts (humanism)
  • Black death (focus on current life rather than afterlife)
  • Social and political structures in Italy (multiple city states)
  • Cultural conditions in Florence (Medici family)
Step 2Pixton comic-making activities
  • Make a Comic
    Renaissance

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  • Make a Comic
    Scientific Revolution

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  • Make a Comic
    Enlightenment

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  • Extension / Modification
    Timeline (Extension / Modification)

    Create a Timeline listing the 10 major contributions made by scientists, philosophers, architects, and artists between the 14th and 17th centuries.

  • Extension / Modification
    Photo Story (Extension / Modification)

    Create a Photo Story that includes examples of important Renaissance art or architecture. Include a brief description of its significance.

Step 3Concluding discussion with students

Renaissance architecture produced some of the greatest historical buildings in modern history. Developed first in Florence by Filippo Brunelleschi, its style quickly spread across Italy and much of Europe. Renaissance style focuses on the use of symmetry, proportion, and geometry, typical to that demonstrated in classical Roman structures such as the Coliseum. Explore various examples of Renaissance architecture with your class. Examples include:

  • The Cathedral (Florence)
  • Santa Maria delle Grazie (Milan)
  • The Vatican
  • Palazzo Medici Riccardi (Venice)
  • Santa Maria Novella (Florence)
  • Church of San Lorenzo (Florence)

The key structural features of Renaissance architecture include columns, arches, vaults, painted ceilings, domes, arched doors, and intricate windows.

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Pixton Activity: Renaissance, Science, and Enlightenment 1 Renaissance

Instructions

Complete a Character Map of one of the following:

  • Machiavelli
  • Michelangelo
  • Leonardo da Vinci
  • Raphael
  • Shakespeare
  • Johannes Gutenberg

Make sure to include the following:

  • Major contributions
  • Beliefs
  • Influences
  • History

Your character map should also include:

  • An appropriate graphic that illustrates their important characteristics

See the rubric for grading guidelines.

Rubric: Renaissance

Use this interactive rubric for easy, thorough assessment. It can even be used by students for self-assessment!

5 4 3 2 1
Understanding of Concepts • explains with extensive detail
• numerous connections made between concept and activity
• illustrations and descriptions are comprehensive
• explains with detail
• considerable connections made between concept and activity
• illustrations and descriptions have purpose
• explains with sufficient detail
• several connections made between concept and activity
• illustrations and descriptions have basic purpose
• explains with limited detail
• limited connections made between concept and activity
• illustrations and descriptions have little purpose
• explains with no detail
• very few connections made between concept and activity
• illustrations and descriptions have no purpose
Inquiry/Research Skills • Extensive use of details; support from a wide variety of sources
• Facts are accurate and complete
• Source are accurately listed
• Considerable use of details; support from several sources
• Facts are accurate
• Sources are accurately listed
• Includes several relevant details; basic use of sources
• Facts are consistent
• Sources listed
• Some relevant details included; sources are limited
• Facts contain some inaccuracies
• No sources listed
• Very few relevant use of details
• Facts are inaccurate or false
• No sources listed
Communication • excellent communication of ideas
• statements are dynamic with extensive development
• descriptions are purposeful and well organized
• effective communication of ideas
• statements are powerful with appropriate development
• descriptions are concise and organized
• sufficient communication of ideas
• statements are consistent with increasing development
• descriptions are basic and organized
• poor communication of ideas
• statements are general with some development
• descriptions are limited and unorganized
• inadequate communication of ideas
• statement are general with little development
• descriptions are incomplete and unorganized
Style • correct sentence structure, grammar, spelling and punctuation; may include some errors in complex structures
• panels are highly organized with exceptional use of supporting details
• few errors in basic sentence structure, spelling, punctuation, or grammar; errors do not interfere with meaning
• panels have excellent organization with effective use of supporting details
• occasional errors in sentence structure, spelling, punctuation, or grammar; errors rarely interfere with meaning
• panels have basic organization and supporting details
• several errors in sentence structure, spelling, punctuation, or grammar; errors may make parts hard to follow
• panels have limited organization and supporting details
• repeated errors in basic sentence structure, spelling, punctuation, or grammar often make the writing hard to understand
• panels are unorganized and lack supporting details
Total
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Pixton Activity: Renaissance, Science, and Enlightenment 2 Scientific Revolution

Instructions

Complete a Character Map featuring one of the following:

  • Bacon
  • Copernicus
  • Descartes
  • Galileo
  • Kepler
  • Da Vinci
  • Newton

Be sure to include :

  • Major contributions
  • Beliefs
  • Influences
  • Personal history

Your character map should also include:

  • An appropriate graphic that illustrates their important characteristics

See the rubric for grading guidelines.

Rubric: Scientific Revolution

Use this interactive rubric for easy, thorough assessment. It can even be used by students for self-assessment!

5 4 3 2 1
Understanding of Concepts • explains with extensive detail
• numerous connections made between concept and activity
• illustrations and descriptions are comprehensive
• explains with detail
• considerable connections made between concept and activity
• illustrations and descriptions have purpose
• explains with sufficient detail
• several connections made between concept and activity
• illustrations and descriptions have basic purpose
• explains with limited detail
• limited connections made between concept and activity
• illustrations and descriptions have little purpose
• explains with no detail
• very few connections made between concept and activity
• illustrations and descriptions have no purpose
Inquiry/Research Skills • Extensive use of details; support from a wide variety of sources
• Facts are accurate and complete
• Source are accurately listed
• Considerable use of details; support from several sources
• Facts are accurate
• Sources are accurately listed
• Includes several relevant details; basic use of sources
• Facts are consistent
• Sources listed
• Some relevant details included; sources are limited
• Facts contain some inaccuracies
• No sources listed
• Very few relevant use of details
• Facts are inaccurate or false
• No sources listed
Communication • excellent communication of ideas
• statements are dynamic with extensive development
• descriptions are purposeful and well organized
• effective communication of ideas
• statements are powerful with appropriate development
• descriptions are concise and organized
• sufficient communication of ideas
• statements are consistent with increasing development
• descriptions are basic and organized
• poor communication of ideas
• statements are general with some development
• descriptions are limited and unorganized
• inadequate communication of ideas
• statement are general with little development
• descriptions are incomplete and unorganized
Style • correct sentence structure, grammar, spelling and punctuation; may include some errors in complex structures
• panels are highly organized with exceptional use of supporting details
• few errors in basic sentence structure, spelling, punctuation, or grammar; errors do not interfere with meaning
• panels have excellent organization with effective use of supporting details
• occasional errors in sentence structure, spelling, punctuation, or grammar; errors rarely interfere with meaning
• panels have basic organization and supporting details
• several errors in sentence structure, spelling, punctuation, or grammar; errors may make parts hard to follow
• panels have limited organization and supporting details
• repeated errors in basic sentence structure, spelling, punctuation, or grammar often make the writing hard to understand
• panels are unorganized and lack supporting details
Total
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Pixton Activity: Renaissance, Science, and Enlightenment 3 Enlightenment

Instructions

Complete a Character Map featuring one of the following:

  • Diderot
  • Kant
  • Locke
  • Montesquieu
  • Rousseau
  • Voltaire

Be sure to include:

  • Major contributions
  • Beliefs
  • Influences
  • Personal history

Your character map should also include:

  • An appropriate graphic that illustrates their important characteristics.

See the rubric for grading guidelines.

Rubric: Enlightenment

Use this interactive rubric for easy, thorough assessment. It can even be used by students for self-assessment!

5 4 3 2 1
Understanding of Concepts • explains with extensive detail
• numerous connections made between concept and activity
• illustrations and descriptions are comprehensive
• explains with detail
• considerable connections made between concept and activity
• illustrations and descriptions have purpose
• explains with sufficient detail
• several connections made between concept and activity
• illustrations and descriptions have basic purpose
• explains with limited detail
• limited connections made between concept and activity
• illustrations and descriptions have little purpose
• explains with no detail
• very few connections made between concept and activity
• illustrations and descriptions have no purpose
Inquiry/Research Skills • Extensive use of details; support from a wide variety of sources
• Facts are accurate and complete
• Source are accurately listed
• Considerable use of details; support from several sources
• Facts are accurate
• Sources are accurately listed
• Includes several relevant details; basic use of sources
• Facts are consistent
• Sources listed
• Some relevant details included; sources are limited
• Facts contain some inaccuracies
• No sources listed
• Very few relevant use of details
• Facts are inaccurate or false
• No sources listed
Communication • excellent communication of ideas
• statements are dynamic with extensive development
• descriptions are purposeful and well organized
• effective communication of ideas
• statements are powerful with appropriate development
• descriptions are concise and organized
• sufficient communication of ideas
• statements are consistent with increasing development
• descriptions are basic and organized
• poor communication of ideas
• statements are general with some development
• descriptions are limited and unorganized
• inadequate communication of ideas
• statement are general with little development
• descriptions are incomplete and unorganized
Style • correct sentence structure, grammar, spelling and punctuation; may include some errors in complex structures
• panels are highly organized with exceptional use of supporting details
• few errors in basic sentence structure, spelling, punctuation, or grammar; errors do not interfere with meaning
• panels have excellent organization with effective use of supporting details
• occasional errors in sentence structure, spelling, punctuation, or grammar; errors rarely interfere with meaning
• panels have basic organization and supporting details
• several errors in sentence structure, spelling, punctuation, or grammar; errors may make parts hard to follow
• panels have limited organization and supporting details
• repeated errors in basic sentence structure, spelling, punctuation, or grammar often make the writing hard to understand
• panels are unorganized and lack supporting details
Total

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