Focus: Students develop reading, writing, listening, and thinking skills through engagement with informational text in the Student Reader Patrons, Artists, and Scholars. Students explore the Renaissance, the “rebirth” of ideas from ancient Greece and Rome that began in powerful Italian city states and then spread through much of Europe. Students learn how increased trade led to new wealth, and how wealthy families and the Church acted as patrons to support artists. Students are introduced to Renaissance art and literature through the works of masters such as Leonardo da Vinci, Michelangelo, Raphael, Donatello, Brunelleschi, Botticelli, Bruegel, Dürer, Van Eyck, Machiavelli, Castiglione, Cervantes, and Shakespeare. Students conduct research about a famous Renaissance artist to compose a biographical essay. Lessons include explicit instruction in grammar, morphology, and spelling.
Number of Lessons: 19
Lesson Time: 90 minutes each. Each lesson may be divided into shorter segments.
Additional Search Terms: Ancient Greece and Rome • sculpture • painting • perspective • Don Quixote • biography • linking verbs • prepositional phrases • correlative conjunctions