Introduction: The Renaissance Era
Make a Cultural Collage
Chapter 1: Filippo Brunelleschi: The Goldsmith-Architect-Engineer
Activity: Sugar cube arches
Activity: Design a hoist
Chapter 2: Niccolo Machiavelli: The Prince of Politics
Activity: Power Play Game
Activity: If I Were a Prince
Chapter 3: Nicolaus Copernicus: Revolving Around the Sun
Activity: Making models of the universe, both old and new
Activity: Geometry games
Chapter 4: Thomas More: Real Politics and an Imaginary World
Activity: Create a Perfect World
Activity: Create and Define a New Word
Chapter 5: Francis Bacon: The Father of Science
Activity: Recording observations
Activity: Citizen scientists
Diane C. Taylor is a freelance writer whose published works include both fiction and nonfiction. She is the author of World War II: From the Rise of the Nazi Party to the Dropping of the Atomic Bomb from Nomad Press. She has written educational material for a nonprofit arts program in Dallas, Texas, and has been an English instructor for students in middle school, high school, and college. Diane lives in Bowling Green, Kentucky.
Praise for other titles in the series: Renaissance
"Five famous artists of the Renaissance--Botticelli, Leonardo da Vinci, Michelangelo, Raphael, and Titian--are introduced in a format aimed at getting young readers to think. The tone is conversational and provokes curiosity over fact mastery and passive consumption. A conscientious examination of the subject that encourages critical thinking, application, and broad perspective."
STEAM into the Renaissance with this series
"Nomad Press has a fun new series out called Renaissance for Kids. The books in this series invite readers to dive into the Renaissance period and learn about inventors, thinkers, explorers, and artists. The series includes plenty of hands-on STEAM activities... Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, and Math. Each volume is 112 pages; ages 10 - 15
Titles include: The Renaissance Artists, The Renaissance Explorers, The Renaissance Inventors, The Renaissance Thinkers
What I like about these books: They include timelines for each person, provide great biographical details, and mention other scientists, inventors, artists, and explorers living at the same time. Sidebars present quick facts, additional information about the culture, and raise questions for curious readers."