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Teach the Renaissance and Reformation with this complete 20 day unit that transforms your classroom into an interactive learning environment where students can take a Walking Tour into the history of Florence during the Renaissance, can examine the branches of Protestantism, and examine the important people and places of the period.

This is a COMPLETE unit for introducing the Renaissance and Reformation in a World History, European History, or other Social Studies Course.

The unit covers the changes and advancements from the Middle Ages to the Renaissance, the great contributors to the Renaissance, the break from the Catholic Church by Martin Luther, the formation of the Protestant religions, and the Counter Reformation.


Complete unit plan

Interactive lecture powerpoints with complete teacher notes

Student activities

Centers activity

Meet & Greet People Review

End of unit content review

Skills Practiced:

Reading for Content

Primary Source Analysis

Image Analysis

Critical Thinking

Historical Thinking

Historical Inquiry

Cause & Effect


Change over Time



The following Individual Activities are included in this bundled unit:

Memo to Teachers

Renaissance & Reformation Suggested Daily Unit Plan w/ Bellringers & Exit Prompts

European Geography at the End of Middle Ages Mapping & Timeline Intro Activity

European Geography in the Middle Ages Activity

Overview of Geography, Population, and Culture into Renaissance Europe

Introduction to the Renaissance from the Middle Ages Lecture Step-Notes

People of the Renaissance Meet & Greet Activity

Renaissance Walking Tour of Florence (Gallery Walk) Activity

Northern Renaissance Jigsaw Activity

Renaissance Virtual Art Tour Analysis Activity

Protestant Reformation Step Notes Interactive Lecture

Reformation Guided Notes

Luther Viewing Guide (BONUS) - Movie available on Amazon or Netflix

Reformation Three Branches of Protestantism Jigsaw Collaborative Activity

Reformation DBQ Writing Prompt

Renaissance & Reformation Timeline Collaborative Activity

Renaissance & Reformation 1 Page Study Guide

Renaissance & Reformation Unit Test w/Key

**Link to each activity to see more detailed descriptions, thumbnail images and previews.

Student activities are cooperative and utilize reading skills, map reading, chart, graph and image analysis, and investigative abilities. Activities include all resources, including online materials, articles, maps, and charts, and also provided is a student handout or graphic organizer for each lesson activity.

Designed for a World History course as a complete 20 day unit in a block schedule, but easily adapted for a traditional schedule. Very multiple intelligences and varied in activities and skill levels.

Utilizes technology, cooperative group skills, and analysis of resources. Also easily modified for AP World or European History courses.

If you are looking for Google Drive Ready Resources, consider these:

Check back often for new units through the school year! Individual activities are also available.

All of the following units are available as part of my World History Semester 1 Complete Package:

World Religions Complete Unit

Renaissance & Reformation Complete Unit

Asian Empires Complete Unit

Age of Exploration Complete Unit

Scientific Revolution, Enlightenment, American & French Revolutions Complete Unit

See also my World History Semester 2 Complete Package and my World History Complete Course!

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233 pages
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Teaching Duration
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to see state-specific standards (only available in the US).
Cite specific textual evidence to support analysis of primary and secondary sources.
Determine the central ideas or information of a primary or secondary source; provide an accurate summary of the source distinct from prior knowledge or opinions.
Identify key steps in a text’s description of a process related to history/social studies (e.g., how a bill becomes law, how interest rates are raised or lowered).
Determine the meaning of words and phrases as they are used in a text, including vocabulary specific to domains related to history/social studies.
Integrate visual information (e.g., in charts, graphs, photographs, videos, or maps) with other information in print and digital texts.


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