USF's WebQuest 

Title: Italian Renaissance   

Grade Level: 10th Grade

Author:  Jonelle Formato           

Date: April 18, 2005

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Unit Summary Teacher's Resources Day 1 Lesson Day 2 Lesson
Day 3 Lesson Day 4 Lesson Day 5 Lesson Day 6 Lesson
Day 7 Lesson Conclusion Student's Web Quest  

  Dear Colleague:

    This unit is designed to explain and explore the history of the Italian Renaissance. It introduces the students to the different people who influenced this time period. They will read excerpts from Machiavelli's Il Principe and Dante's Divine Comedy. They will view the paintings, sculptures and various other objects from Michelangelo, Leonardo Da Vinci and Botticelli. The students last lesson will be a WebQuest where they will become one of the major people involved in the Renaissance and they will search the internet to gain research on those people. The unit will conclude with the students doing a group presentation and creating a tour of Florence to show the various Renaissance artifacts. The class setting is geared more towards a block schedule so you may need to extend it a few days if you have a normal 50 minute class period.

Unit Summary:
   

 Goals/Objectives: 1. Students will identify and understand themes in history that cross scientific, economic, and cultural boundaries.

2. Students will understand the significant features of the political, economic, and social systems of ancient Rome and the cultural legacy of that civilization.
   

 NCSS Theme: World History, Standard 2 How European society experienced political, economic, and cultural transformations in an age of global intercommunication, 1450-1750 

Standard 2A
The student will understand demographic, economic, and social trends in Europe. 

Standard 2B
The student will understand the Renaissance, Reformation, and Catholic Reformation. 

Standard 2D
The student will understand how the Scientific Revolution contributed to transformations in European society. 

Standard 2E
The student will understand the significance of the Enlightenment in European and world history. 

Days: 7 Days
 

Content: The content will deal with what the Renaissance was, how it affected that time period and time since then. Students will read about the different philosophies of that time (Humanists). They will learn about the effect the Middle Ages had on the creation of the Renaissance.
 

Methods: Lecture, Power Point Presentation (teacher),  Read Aloud, Compare/Contrast Graphic Organizer, Group Discussion (Jigsaw), WebQuest, Group Presentations/Paper

WebQuest  Summary:

Goals/Objectives:

1. Students will understand the significant political and economic transformations and significant cultural and scientific events in Europe during the Renaissance.

2. Students will understand significant religious and societal issues from the Renaissance through the Reformation.

3. Students will understand how social, cultural, economic, and environmental factors contribute to the dynamic nature of regions.
   

Days: 4 Days
   

Content: Students will view various websites such as The History Channel and the Paris Web Museum to learn about the history of the Renaissance and the people who helped create it. Students will also use other sources in the classroom and library to gain information on the literature (Boccaccio, Petrarch and Dante) of that time period. They will see the influence of science (Galileo) and math (Da Vinci). As well as the art, architecture and philosophy (Michelangelo, Botticelli, Giotto, Savonarola, and Machiavelli).
   

Methods: Students will explore the internet to gather information on the influential people of the Renaissance. They will then individually write a short essay/paper on what they have learned. The students will then combine the information that they gathered with their group to form a tour of Florence that includes viewing Michelangelo's works (the David), Dante's house, burial sites for some of these people, famous palazzos, Uffizi Gallery and so on. They will present this as a power point to the class.

Teachers Resources

Unit Information:
    

Background Resources

Web-based Subject Matter Content
  Background of the Renaissance: http://www.teachnet.ie/modubhain/ren/

  More background: http://www.thehistorychannel.com/perl/print_book.pl?ID=220511

  Renaissance Art & Architecture: http://www.thehistorychannel.com/perl/print_book.pl?ID=220512
  Middle Ages Influence: http://www.learner.org/exhibits/renaissance/middleages.html
  Different Perspectives: http://www.wsu.edu:8080/~dee/REN/BACK.HTM
  Medici Family: http://www.newadvent.org/cathen/10120a.htm

Teacher Tools
  Renaissance Thinking: http://www.learner.org/exhibits/renaissance/printing.html
  Florence: http://www.thehistorychannel.com/perl/print_book.pl?ID=209423
  Artists' Background: http://www.ibiblio.org/wm/paint/glo/renaissance/it.html
 
 

 Other Resources
  Tour of Florence/Renaissance: http://www.tours-italy.com/florence/original_renaissance.htm
  Map of Florence: http://www.florence.ala.it/map.htm
  Tour ideas: http://galileo.rice.edu/lib/student_work/florence96/FlorTour.html
  Galileo: http://galileo.rice.edu/gal/florence.html
 


Unit Lesson Sequence
 


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Lesson Plan Outline

Method (Attention Getter, Lecture, Callout Group, etc)

Content/Key Ideas/Concepts/Facts
 

Materials
(Transparencies, audio, handouts, etc)
Interactive Lecture Ending of the Middle Ages/Beginning of the Renaissance. Quick overview of the Italian Renaissance. Power Point Presentation
Study Guide Short study guide of key terms, people and events (comes from the internet but will be made into a word document). This will be used for the students to go back to when they have a question while taking notes or doing homework (for example, if they mix up Michelangelo and Leonardo). Study Guide Handout
Origins Graphic Organizers 1. Students will have a map of Italy and they will identify the three regions. 2. Compare and Contrast Medieval/Middle Ages to the Renaissance. Notes on Origins
Medici Family Lecture Background information on the Medici family's rise to power and what they contributed to the Renaissance. Medici Family Tree Handout/Transparency can be expanded to get a better view of it

 


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Lesson Plan Outline

Method (Attention Getter, Lecture, Callout Group, etc)

Content/Key Ideas/Concepts/Facts
 

Materials
(Transparencies, audio, handouts, etc)
Read Aloud Sections of Dante's Divine Comedy and Machiavelli's The Prince will be read aloud to the class to get a feel of the thinking during that time. Dante's Inferno-Canto I

Machiavelli-Chapter 18

Pair-Share Students will pair up and discuss what they thought was the meaning behind Dante's and Machiavelli's literature. What did they picture? Does any of the readings fit into today's society?  
Humanists Lecture Notes on what a humanist is, their beliefs and a couple of famous humanists. Petrarch Transparency

Humanism Notes

Attention Getter-Galileo's pump Students will be shown a transparency of Galileo's pump. They will be asked: What do they think it is? What it may be used for? Model of Galileo's pump
Science-Galileo Lecture Short lecture on Galileo and his studies. Notes are used from http://galileo.rice.edu Galileo Notes

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Lesson Plan Outline

Method (Attention Getter, Lecture, Callout Group, etc)

Content/Key Ideas/Concepts/Facts
 

Materials
(Transparencies, audio, handouts, etc)
Attention Getter-Art and Architecture Pictures of various works by Michelangelo Buonarroti, Leonardo da Vinci and Filippo Brunelleschi. Compare/Contrast Leonardo's car and parachute to today's. What type of colors are being used in the paintings? How much detail is there in the paintings, The David, Cupola and Leonardo's works? The David

Sistine Chapel

Mona Lisa

Leonardo's car

Leonardo's church

Leonardo's parachute

Brunelleschi's Cupola

Artists, Sculptors and Architects Lecture Notes on the various people including Michelangelo, Leonardo, Brunelleschi, Giotto di Bondone, and Sandro Botticelli. Quick Notes on Michelangelo and Leonardo
Attention Getter-Music Students will listen to music from the Renaissance (order through Barnes and Nobles) while taking notes. They will learn the differences between the two types. Music Notes

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Lesson Plan Outline

Method (Attention Getter, Lecture, Callout Group, etc)

Content/Key Ideas/Concepts/Facts
 

Materials
(Transparencies, audio, handouts, etc)
Webquest Introduction of webquests and formation of groups. Students will work in groups and individually on the webquests. Computers/Internet and books

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Lesson Plan Outline

Method (Attention Getter, Lecture, Callout Group, etc)

Content/Key Ideas/Concepts/Facts
 

Materials
(Transparencies, audio, handouts, etc)
Webquest Students will conclude all research for their webquests. Work in their groups to finish projects. Computers/Internet and books

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Lesson Plan Outline

Method (Attention Getter, Lecture, Callout Group, etc)

Content/Key Ideas/Concepts/Facts
 

Materials
(Transparencies, audio, handouts, etc)
Student Presentations Students will begin their presentations Power Point

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Lesson Plan Outline

Method (Attention Getter, Lecture, Callout Group, etc)

Content/Key Ideas/Concepts/Facts
 

Materials
(Transparencies, audio, handouts, etc)
Student Presentations Students will conclude their presentations Power Point

 

Conclusion:

Students will have a better understanding of the Italian Renaissance. They will be able to explain the types of art and architecture that was created at that time to define that time. This lesson can be modified or built upon for your own class.

Credits/References:

Credits-all sites and pictures used from the above websites in Teacher Resources.

Additional sites used for notes:

http://www.mega.it/eng/egui/pers/fibru.htm

http://www.encyclopedia.com/html/p/petrarch.asp

http://www.divinecomedy.org/divine_comedy.html

http://www.the-prince-by-machiavelli.com/

http://www.sparknotes.com/history/european/renaissance1/terms.html

 

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