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Renaissance 'Movers & Shakers.'

Main Core Tie

Social Studies - 6th Grade
Standard 2 Objective 4

Time Frame

5 class periods of 45 minutes each

Group Size



Diana Payne
Dirk Sprunt


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

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.

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.

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.



Created: 06/25/2009
Updated: 02/05/2018