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Unit 2: How Trade and Travel Changed the World

Lesson F: Renaissance and Reformation


In the 19th century, historians coined the term "Renaissance" to characterize the period of increased cultural expression that began in the Italian city-states. This marked the end of European feudalism and the beginning of early modern world history. It was a time of economic growth and interaction and the invention of the printing press led to an increase in circulation of books that spread the culture of this era. There were also challenges to the authority of the Roman Catholic Church that resulted in new Protestant religions.

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Classroom Activity - Europe's Reawakening


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Activator: The World 1300-1550

Directions: The interactive map from the opening of the lesson containing key events from 1300-1550 is linked above. Examples of cultural expression from throughout the world are shown. In this lesson, you learned about the origins and examples of changes to European Renaissance culture and challenges to church authority during the Reformation. Select each continent to review some of the events related to cultural expression that you learned about from the European Renaissance. Prepare a response to the discussion questions below. Follow your teacher's directions to participate in your class discussion.

  • How do the events listed from the period 1300-1550 show evidence of cultural expression throughout the world?
  • What similarities can you see among the works found at each location?

Select the link to review the Discussion Scoring Tool (pdf).


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