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The Renaissance is a period from the 14th to the 17th century, considered the bridge between the Middle Ages and Modern history. It started as a cultural movement in Italy in the Late Medieval period and later spread to the rest of Europe. See the fact file below for more information about the Renaissance period.
- The Renaissance occurred from the early 14th century to the late 16th century.
- The invention of the Gutenberg printing press in 1450 is a milestone which marks the beginning of the Renaissance. Ideas were able to be spread quicker and farther because of the printing press. It allowed communication to occur through all of Europe.
- The Renaissance was a time of great beauty and art. Artists like Leonardo da Vinci and Michelangelo created greats works of art during this time. Writers like William Shakespeare were producing their own masterpieces.
- It was also a time of creativity, imagination and curiosity. The Renaissance was the age of exploration. The voyages of many great explorers like Columbus, Vespucci, Ponce de Leon, Polo, De Soto and Balboa occurred during the Renaissance.
- The word ‘renaissance’ is a French word which means ‘rebirth’. The people credited with beginning the Renaissance were trying to recreate the classical models of Ancient Greek and Rome.
- The Renaissance was a time when Venice was the world’s busiest seaport and Florence was the heart of great art.
- At the beginning of the Renaissance, Italy was the center of world culture. Genoa, Milan, Venice, Rome, Verona and Florence were economic, trade and financial leaders for Europe.
- There were changes in thinking during Renaissance. New ideas in art, science, astronomy, religion, literature, mathematics, philosophy, and politics were developed and advanced.
- The influence of the Renaissance impacted and shaped the future. The changes that happened led to a modern era.
- One of the institutions that began to decline was the Catholic Church. Religion was still important, however. New religions and ways of thinking were being discussed. Martin Luther had broken away from the Catholic Church and was spreading the Protestant religion throughout Europe.
The Renaissance Worksheets
This bundle contains 17 ready-to-use Renaissance worksheets that are perfect for students to learn about the period from the 14th to the 17th century, considered the bridge between the Middle Ages and Modern history which started a cultural movement in Italy in the Late Medieval period and later spread to the rest of Europe.
Students will also learn about facts surrounding the Renaissance period, the discovery of Astronomy and how it was dubbed the age of exploration. Throughout the extensive worksheet pack there are multiple activities and quizzes for students to practice their knowledge which can be used within the classroom or homeschooling environment.
The Renaissance worksheets:
Medieval Vs. Renaissance Thought
Students are challenged to write clearly about the painting Lamentation and whether it was medieval piece or one from the Renaissance period.
Renaissance Word Search
Word search filler task based upon what they have learnt from the study guide.
The Greco-Roman Comeback
Students are introduced to Renaissance art and are tasked with identifying what aspects of the art are remenisent of the Greek & Roman culture.
Renaissance Hidden Message
Memory task. Students are tasked with challenging activities based around how much they remember about the Renaissance? Students will then fill out the answers, unscramble the highlighted letters, and decode hidden messages.
Shakespeare and Iambic Pentameter
Students are tasked to try and write some iambic pentameter. Fantastic task to test their understanding.
The Age of Exploration
Many famous explorers came from the Renaissance period. Drawing task where students are challenged to draw their own neighborhood.
The Gutenberg Press
During the Renaissance, Johannes Gutenberg invented the printing press. Students are challenged to look at the pictures and answer the questions about printing.
Astronomy in the Renaissance
Astronomy advanced hugely within the Renaissance period. Solar system task where students are challenged to answer the questions based on their own knowledge of the solar system. Excellent science tie in.
Leonardo Da Vinci’s Mirror Writing
Fun writing task where students have to write as if they are mirror writing. Challenging but fun task!
Renaissance Fill in the Blank
Test a students Renaissance knowledge with these fill in the blank style questions.
After completing these worksheets students will be able to:
- Have a clear understanding of the Renaissance period and the advancements in art and astronomy throughout the period.
- Define and identify famous influences from the period. Tie in to Greek and Roman history.
- Answer a series of challenging questions to hone their knowledge.
- Have a clear grasp of impact of the period.
- Core comprehension skills tie in throughout.
- Have an opinion and be able to depict their opinion.
These worksheets have been specifically designed for use with any international curriculum.If you need Renaissance worksheets for your classroom, you can use these worksheets as-is, or edit them using Google Slides to make them more specific to your own student ability levels and curriculum standards.