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Renaissance 'Movers & Shakers.'

Time Frame:
5 class periods that run 45 minutes each.

Group Size:


Investigate and identify the Renaissance 'Movers and Shakers' and their contributions.

Main Curriculum Tie:
Social Studies - 6th Grade
Standard 2 Objective 4

Explain the importance of the Renaissance as a rebirth of cultural and intellectual pursuits.

Background For Teachers:

  • Instructor led discussion about the Renaissance as a rebirth of cultural and intellectual pursuits
  • Knowledge of the Renaissance 'Movers & Shakers' and their accomplishments.

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Student Prior Knowledge:
Students will complete 'Renaissance movers and shakers name association pre-assessment (see attachments).

Intended Learning Outcomes:

  • Students will identify the 'movers & shakers' of the Renaissance and their contributions.
  • Students will relate the contributions of these people to the promotion of literacy and the exchange of ideas that continue today.
  • Students will identify and relate the Renaissance 'movers & shakers' contributions to modern society.

Instructional Procedures:

  1. Students will complete the 'The Renaissance 'Movers & Shakers' name association pre-assessment (see attachments).
  2. Have a class discussion about the students answers to their 'Renaissance 'Movers & Shakers' name Association pre-assessment.
  3. Assign research subjects (movers & shakers) to each student.
  4. Students research their 'Mover & Shaker.' Using 'My Renaissance Mover & Shaker.'
  5. As part of research, students will gather a visual aid for their presentation.
  6. Students will design an activity that other students can participate in, that demonstrates one of their mover & shaker's accomplishments.
    Example: Michaelangelo painting the ceiling of the Sistine Chapel. Students put art paper under their desks and draw as Michaelangelo did.
  7. Students will share their knowledge about their mover & shaker with the class.
  8. Students will use the 'Renaissance Area of Focus,' graphic organizer while the other students present.
    Example: Da Vinci might be categorized as an Artist, a Scientist, and a Thinker.
  9. The entire class will discuss students choices of 'Renaissance Area of Focus,' graphic organizers.
  10. Students will participate in other student directed activities.


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Strategies For Diverse Learners:
Special Needs: Allow special needs students to work with another student as a team.

Assessment Plan:

  1. Renaissance Movers & Shakers name Association Pre-assessment
  2. My Renaissance Mover & Shaker Presentation.
  3. Renaissance Movers & Shakers Area of Focus Graphic Organizer.



Dirk Sprunt
Diana Payne

Created Date :
Jun 25 2009 10:59 AM

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