European Renaissance and Reformation

(1300 - 1600 A.D.)

European Renaissance and Reformation

$120 for 4 weeks


Allison Bruning


We will be using "World History: Patterns of Interaction, Student Edition Survey" by Holt McDougal. ISBN: 978-0547491127. This textbook is available on Amazon.


Homework assignments are given through Classcraft. Students will have 4 - 8 assignments per week that build from simple to complex. The homework listed below is the final assignment (complex one) for that week in Classcraft. 




12 - 18  years old




Session 1: Italy: Birthplace of the Renaissance


Students will identify Renaissance, humanism, secular, patron, perspective and vernacular.

Students will analyze what art can teach us about the time period it was created in. 

Students will summarize the life and historical contribution of the Medici family.

Students will analyze the three advantages that fostered the Renaissance in Italy.    

Students will compare how expectations for Renaissance men and Renaissance women were similar. 

Students will examine how an artist used perspective to create a three dimension view.

Students will summarize the lives and historical contributions of Leonardo da Vinci and Michelangelo Buonarroti.

Students will describe how the major change in individual merit was brought about in art.

Students will examine Machiavelli's belief of how a prince should be viewed by the public.

Students will survey other Renaissance movements that have occurred around the world.

Students will analyze how Renaissance ideas influenced Renaissance art.


1) Complete Section 1 Assessment and Connect to Today on page 477.

2) Complete Social History Connect to Today questions on page 487.

3) Read pages 480 - 487 in course textbook.

Session 2: The Northern Renaissance


Students will review their homework.

Students will identify utopia, William Shakespeare and Johann Gutenberg. 

Students will analyze how art portrays the reality of peasant life during the Renaissance.

Students will summarize the techniques Brugel used to give life to his paintings.

Students will analyze a passage from Christine De Pizan's The Book of The City of Ladies.

Students will summarize two ways in which Shakespeare's work showed Renaissance influences. 

Students will analyze the popularity of Shakespeare's plays.

Students will examine how the printing press works.

Students will describe the major effects of the invention of the printing press.

Students will examine what city life was like during the Renaissance.


1) Complete Section 2 Assessment and Multimedia Activity on page 485.

2) Read pages 488 - 494 in course textbook.

Session 3: Luther Leads the Reformation


Students will review their homework.

Students will identify indulgence, Reformation, Lutheran, Protestant, Peace of Augsburg, annul and Anglican.

Students will examine the social, political, economical and religious causes of the Reformation. 

Students will summarize the lives and historical contributions of Martin Luther and Queen Elizabeth I

Students will summarize the main points of Martin Luther's teachings.

Students will explain why Luther's ideas encouraged the German peasants to revolt.

Students will compare/contrast the religious beliefs and practices of Roman Catholicism, Lutheranism, Calvinism and Anglicanism during the 16th century.

Students will describe how Henry VIII's marriages and divorces caused religious turmoil in England. 


1) Complete Section 3 Assessment and Connect to Today on page 458.

2) Read pages 495 - 501 in course textbook.

Session 4: The Reformation Continues


Students will review their homework.

Students will identify predestination, Calvinism, theocracy, Presbyterian, Anabaptist, Catholic Reformation, Jesuits, and Council of Trent.  

Students will summarize the life and historical contribution of John Calvin.

Students will explain how Protestant teaching lead to the forming of new groups.

Students will analyze the geographical locations of different Protestant religions in Europe in 1560 A.D.

Students will explain why it was easier for women to take part in the earlier stages of the Reformation than the later stages.

Students will summarize the global impact of Jesuit missionaries.

Students will analyze primary and secondary documents relating to the Reformation. 

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