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1. What was the Renaissance?
An introductory worksheet to get students thinking about Renaissance changes the arts and the sciences.
2. 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
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Births (100 years ago today): 1917 - Whipper Billy Watson, Canadian-American wrestler and trainer (d. 1990)
Deaths (250 years ago today): 1767 - Georg Philipp Telemann, German composer and theorist (b. 1681)
Deaths (100 years ago today): 1917 - Géza Gyóni, Hungarian soldier and poet (b. 1884)
Commemorations:Day of the SeafarerCroatia National DayMozambique National DaySlovenia National Day
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Classroom debate: Which President achieved the most success outside of the Americas?
Post-War American Presidents to 1980: Detailed summary sheet for revision
Classroom debate: Which President achieved the most for the USA and for Latin America?
Comprehensive Summary Sheet for Revision: The Civil Rights Movement to 1965
Revision Summary Sheet: anti-apartheid resistance groups
Using drinking straws to study competition, co-operation and the arms race
Design Tubular Timeline Towers for chronological understanding
Develop persuasive vocabulary with a biased words knockout challenge
History in your pocket: Coins as sources
Student bookmark: Key vocabulary for essay writing
Use EyeSay! to give visual feedback on student essays
Medieval Realms: Revision quiz
Nazi Germany: Play your dates right! quiz
World War One: Interactive revision quiz
The Treaty of Sevres : The Middle East