Bell Ringer<br /> Using the definition of “renaissance” from last night’s reading, explain how the Black Plague might have influenced the start of the Renaissance<br />Discuss with partner<br />45 seconds<br />
Defining the Renaissance<br />Renaissance = “rebirth”<br />1350-1600 (250 yrs.)<br />Italian Renaissance - the period of great cultural change and achievement in European history that began in Italy and spread to the rest of Europe<br />
Characteristics of the Renaissance<br />Renaissance Italy - mostly an urban society<br /><ul><li>Powerful city-states became centers of Italian political, economic & social life
Result - an emergence of secular, or worldly, society as increased wealth created new enjoyment of material things</li></li></ul><li>Characteristics (cont.)<br />2. Age of recovery from 14th C. disasters<br /><ul><li>Black Plague
Result - rebirth of interest in classical antiquity, (ancient Greek & Roman culture) which affected politics & art</li></li></ul><li>Characteristics (cont.)<br />3. Individualism<br /><ul><li>Emphasis on individual ability
Realization of what individuals could achieve</li></li></ul><li>Characteristics (cont.)<br />4. Humanism<br /><ul><li>cultural and educational reform, engaged in by scholars, writers, and civic leaders
Based on study of the classics & the literary works of ancient Greece & Rome
Studied grammar rhetoric, poetry, moral philosophy & history (the humanities)</li></li></ul><li>Humanism (cont.)<br /><ul><li>Petrarch - Father of Italian Renaissance humanism
Renaissance Society<br />Re-read pgs. 166-169<br />Group Activity<br />Group 1: Nobility<br />Group 2: Patricians & Burghers<br />Group 3: Peasants & Workers <br />Group 4: Marriage & Family Life<br />Use Newsprint & Marker to outline general information and the roles played by your topic in Renaissance society<br />You will have 10 minutes to do this, then will present to the class<br />
Machiavelli & Politics<br />Niccolò Machiavelli<br />Wrote The Prince<br />A “how to” guide for rulers<br />One of THE most influential books ever written<br />
Closure<br />With a partner, name and explain 1 of the 4 characteristics of the Renaissance.<br />30 seconds<br />
Homework<br />Worksheet: Read excerpt from Machiavelli’s The Prince and answer the 3 questions that follow<br />Read pages 170-175<br />
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