Standard 8: World History and Geography: Medieval and Early ModernTimes - The Renaissance

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Students analyze the origins, accomplishments and diffusion of the
Renaissance, in terms of:
1. The way in which the revival of classical learning and the arts affected a new interest in "humanism" (i.e., a balance between the intellect and religious faith)
2. The importance of Florence in the early stages of the Renaissance and the growth of
independent trading cities (e.g., Venice) with emphasis on their importance in the spread of Renaissance ideas.
3. The effects of re-opening of the ancient "Silk Road" between Europe and China, including Marco Polo's travels and the location of his routes.
4. The growth and effect of ways of disseminating information (e.g., the ability to manufacture paper, translation of the Bible into the vernacular, printing)
5. Advances in literature, the arts, science, mathematics, cartography, engineering, and the understanding of human anatomy and astronomy (e.g., biographies of Dante, da Vinci,
Michelangelo, Gutenberg, Shakespear)
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    Grade: 7

    Topics: History-Social Science

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