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1. Escape Room: "Mission: Galileo 1610"
"It is 1610. the Renaissance ('Rebirth') of arts and sciences has transformed Europe. You are students of the great scientist galileo in Padua, Italy. You have all been put in jail by the church for insisting that the earth goes round the sun! You will all taken away to be executed in 45 minutes - unless you can find the key to escape! The location of the key is provided in the coded message in the middle of the room".
2. What was the Renaissance?
An introductory worksheet to get students thinking about Renaissance changes the arts and the sciences.
3. Time Machine Journey to Renaissance Florence
1. The Siege of Constantinople
a. Introductory Worksheet
b. Main Task: Interactive Running Dictation Exercise
c. Additional Materials: Pictures of the Siege
Perhaps the main reason why the Renaissance took off in Italy - this activity gets the narrative across in an engaging way. Students are given an interactive "news feed" of events, then can choose to produce EITHER a biased news report in Publisher OR a radio broadcast using their microphone OR a television newsflash using Moviemaker. Each of these tasks is progressively more challenging and they can be graded accordingly. Some examples of videos produced by my own students at the International School of Toulouse can be found here:Laura.
1. Individual Research Task, Wiki Project and Balloon Debate
A detailed lesson plan. A class list is put into the Fruit Machine Name Picker at www.classtools.net to choose the Renaissance character each student should produce a research project on. This project will be written in the first person to ensure that the student reads the information, under three clear headings. This is then placed onto a Wiki (see the example my students have produced here). The class then has a balloon debate (instructions provided) to determine who the most important person overall. An alternative approach is to use this website and worksheet - which is simpler and quicker, although less engaging perhaps for the students.
2. End of Unit Essay Assessment
Following directly on from the classroom debate, students then write an essay. This worksheet contains detailed instructions on how to link the characters together rather than simply focusing on what each one individually contributed. A clear markscheme is also provided; I get each student to mark 4 different essays, then we collate all the marks and average out the score for each essay in a peer-assessment exercise.
1. The Sack Of Rome: A paper based running dictation exercise working on the same basis as the Siege of Constantinople exericse.
The Era of the Renaissance - Fling the Teacher Quiz. With 45 possible questions
KeyWord Challenge - The Renaissance
If you are unfamiliar with the format of the game, click here for instructions.
Events (50 years ago today): 1967 - Harold Holt, Prime Minister of Australia, disappears while swimming near Portsea, Victoria, and is presumed drowned.
Births (750 years ago today): 1267 - Emperor Go-Uda of Japan (d. 1324)
Births (100 years ago today): 1917 - Kenneth Dike, Nigerian historian, author, and academic (d. 1983)
Births (50 years ago today): 1967 - Vincent Damphousse, Canadian ice hockey player and sportscaster
Deaths (100 years ago today): 1917 - Elizabeth Garrett Anderson, English physician and activist (b. 1836)
Deaths (50 years ago today): 1967 - Harold Holt, Australian lawyer and politician, 17th Prime Minister of Australia (b. 1908)
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Create a Xmas (his)Tree for your classroom!
IB Extended Essay: Marksheet and Guidance
How similar were the Manchurian and Abyssinian Crises?
The Abyssinian Crisis
Roleplay: The Manchurian Crisis | Rolecards
*NEW* Simulation: Can you survive life in the trenches in World War One?
IB Extended Essay Completing the Reflections on Planning and Progress Form
Style Guide: Formatting your Extended Essay
Six Steps for Writing your Extended Essay in IB History
Model Essay: For what reasons, and with what results, did the Civil Rights movement become more radical after 1964?
Civil Rights Movement Student research tasks / presentation instructions
Multimedia lecture : IN WHAT WAYS did the Civil Rights movement become more radical after 1964?
Multimedia lecture : WHY did the Civil Rights movement become more radical after 1964?
IB History Internal Assessments sample studies
Mission: Berlin! (Escape the Room activity on Hitlers consolidation of power)