This is a great intro to the Renaissance that includes the reasons for and history of this important time period. The best part is that the kids enjoy it, and they don't even know they are reviewing the information three times.
I read each paragraph aloud as they follow along on their Cloze copy filling it in as best they can. After we have completed all the paragraphs, we work on the vocabulary page. I read the entire paper again while they proofread and edit. Then we discuss the info and answer any questions. A world map, a map of Italy, and a QUIZ are included, too.