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The purpose of this lesson is to show that the Renaissance covered a big period in European history and the concept is used to characterize the artistic and architectural advances of a select echelon of society and did not necessarily affect everyone across Europe in an equal manner. While, the purpose is not to underscore the accomplishments of the Renaissance (it is encouraged to teach the artistic advances and human accomplishment) but rather show a more complete picture of what life was like in Europe for all people not just the elite. Students will practice their close reading strategies as well as analysis strategies by answering the question: Is the “Renaissance” a Mischaracterization of an Age?
1) Lesson Plan- Complete with Big Idea, essential questions, student objective and plan for implementation.
2) Student Hook Exercise: Painting analysis worksheet
3) Five secondary sources to annotate: Student handout with 10 comprehension questions for students to answer.
4) DBQ Essay Scaffold: An outline for students to complete to help guide their writing
5) How to quote, paraphrase, summarize and analyze evidence handout: a guide to help student's write expository text.
6. A detailed rubric for grading an essay.