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Lesson Plan: Renaissance Alphabet Book

Overview
Students will do research to complete an alphabet book that contains information about important topics, people or ideas that occurred during the Renaissance.

 

Standards Addressed
Social Studies — History, Benchmark C
05. Describe the impact of new ideas and institutions on European life including major achievements in art, architecture and literature during the Renaissance.

 

Procedure

  1. Students can work in pairs or individually.

  2. Allow them to select a letter of the alphabet, or have letters in a bag and let students draw one. You may wish to eliminate letters such as Q, X, Y and Z, for which topics might not be available.

  3. They need to find a person, object or idea that was “alive” during the Renaissance and show it on an alphabet page. Examples are listed below.

  4. They will do research on the topic and place both an image of their choice and the chosen letter on the Renaissance Alphabet Page.

  5. Have students show their letters to the class.

  6. Display the work around the room or make them into an actual alphabet book.

 

Renaissance Alphabet Book Letter List

A: Artillery in the Renaissance; architecture in the Renaissance
B: Brunelleschi, Bellini, Botticelle
C: Caravaggio
D: Donatello
E: Elizabeth I
F: Florence, Italy
G: Ghiberti
H: Henry VIII
I: Inventions of the Renaissance
J: Jewish people in the Renaissance
K: Ibn Khaldun (considered greatest Arab historian)
L: Leonardo da Vinci
M: Michelangelo, Masaccio
N: Netherland Renaissance
O: Johannes Ockeghem
P: Printing press
Q: Jacopo della Quericia
R: Raphael
S: William Shakespeare
T: William Tyndale
U: Nicholas Udall
V: Bartolomeo Vivarini
W: Sir Thomas Wyatt

 

Evaluation

Category
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Content, Accuracy At least four accurate facts are displayed on the poster. Three accurate facts are displayed on the poster. Two accurate facts are displayed on the poster. One accurate fact is displayed on the poster.
Mechanics Capitalization and punctuation are correct throughout the poster. There is one error in capitalization or punctuation. There are two errors in capitalization or punctuation. There are more than two errors in capitalization or punctuation.
Grammar There are no grammatical mistakes on the poster. There is one grammatical mistake on the poster. There are two grammatical mistakes on the poster. There are more than two grammatical mistakes on the poster.
Use of Class Time Used time well during each class period. Focused on getting the project done. Never distracted others. Used time well during each class period. Usually focused on getting the project done and never distracted others. Used some of the time well during each class period. There was some focus on getting the project done, but was occasionally distracted others. Did not use class time to focus on the project or was often distracted others.

 

 

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