The Renaissance was a time of turmoil and intense excitement for artists and humanists alike. The focus was on new technologies such as the printing press and new astronomical discoveries. It was also a time when scholars and poets got together to discuss the greatest debates of the day and often female poets like Isotta Nogarola managed to gain recognition and admiration for their views via poetry and prose. In Italy, much of that theology included a re-interpretation of Classical Greek and Latin texts, and brand new recommendations for artists and architects by Leon Battista Alberti.
The lesson plans based on this subject matter will focus on the famous narratives of the Renaissance in painting, sculpture, and literature. These will include the sacra conversazione , Michelangelo's Sistine Chapel ceiling, Petrarch's Sonnet, and Machiavelli's The Prince. The in-class math, language arts, and science activities will represent the theoretic principles that guided Renaissance culture, such as the Golden Mean or Ratio, and Archimedes Screw, all suitable for the junior/intermediate level student.
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Suggested Reading Materials For Renaissance Culture:
Petrarca, Francesco. Selections from the Canzoniere and Other Works. Penguin Classics, 1986
Petrarca, Francesco; Mortimer, Arthur, ed. Penguin Classics Canzoniere. Penguin Classics, 2002
Herbert Janis. Leonardo da Vinci for Kids: His Life and Ideas, 21 Activities. Chicago Review Press, 1998
Zaborowski, Jennifer. In Flight with Sixth Grade Math: Student Edition. Complete Curriculum, 2015
Parola Rene. Optical Art: Theory and Practice.
Kuligowski, Stephanie. Leonardo da Vinci: Renaissance Artist and Inventor. Teacher Created Materials, 2013
Murphy, Lauren; Matthews, Rupert. Art and Culture of the Renaissance World. Rosen Publishing Group, 2010