Grade 7 Month 6 The Wonder of The Renaissance
Students will explore the “rebirth” of art and thinking and how the Renaissance was a bridge between the medieval and modern eras.
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Curriculum Areas/Learning Outcomes
Connection: Your child will be reading a Renaissance-themed book throughout the unit. They will hear biographies about famous artists of the Renaissance.
Math: Concept: Computational fluency and flexibility with numbers extend to operations with integers and decimals.
Connection: Throughout the unit, your child is gaining skills in pre-algebra, to prepare for the next unit on algebra.
Social Studies: Concept: Religious and cultural practices that emerged during this period have endured and continue to influence people.
Connection: Your child will gain a deeper understanding of the role that Christianity played throughout the Renaissance, and steps that were taken during that time to create a separation between church and state.
The Renaissance was a cultural, scholarly, and socio-political movement which stressed the rediscovery and application of learning and wisdom from Greek and Roman times. It brought new discoveries in science; new art forms in writing, painting, and sculpture; and state-funded explorations of distant lands. Much of this was driven by humanism, a philosophy that emphasized the ability for humans to act, rather than simply rely on the will of God. Established religious communities experienced both philosophical and bloody battles, leading among other things to the Reformation and the end of Catholic rule in England. Your child will gain a feeling for this rebirth, through studying the changes that took place in art, thought and print. There will be a specific focus on the famous artists of the time, as well as the impact of the printing press.