To become familiar with some of the people who played key roles in the development of Western Europe during the 14th, 15th, and 16th centuries.
2 class periods
In this fun activity, eight types of people (listed below) who helped change Europe during the Renaissance are shown in bold print on the lesson pages. There is an assignment that goes with each one.
(1) Explorer (2) Artist (3) Poet (4) Architect (5) Writer (6) Scientist (7) Sailor (8) Playwright
After reading through the eight assignments, students must assume the roles of any two of the people, and then complete the assignment for each of their choices.
(1) Explorer - It is the 1500s. You have just returned to Spain from a three-year voyage around the world. Write a story (150 or more words) about your journey. Include such things as:
(a) the number of ships and sailors that left Spain on the voyage
(b) dates of the trip
(c) problems faced by the crewmen
(d) a sad event which took place during the expedition
(e) a happy event that occurred
(f) names of 10 places (countries, islands, continents, etc.) seen or visited along the way
(g) kinds of products brought back to Europe from the Far East
(h) the number of ships and sailors returning safely to Spain
(i) accomplishments of the expedition
Each of the eight assignments is different, and students should do one of their two choices per day as this lesson takes two class periods. They will need access to maps, encyclopedias, and drawing paper. Artwork can be done in pencil if colors are not available.
You may want to display completed projects in the classroom, or give interested students the opportunity to present their work to the class. If a play has been written, several students could read the character parts. Copies of the script would have to be prepared ahead of time.
Easy-to-follow Teacher Instructions are included.