Renaissance Learning
Engaging Lessons for Middle School Teachers and Students

In the Spring of 2007, a group of teachers from the New Jersey Alternate Route Training Program put together this site as part of a cross curriculum project on the Renaissance. The lessons were created for middle school teachers and students. Our hope is that teachers will find the lessons useful and their students will find the lessons engaging.


The Renaissance

The word renaissance means a rebirth of intellectual and artistic achievement and vigor and the revival of the human spirit as it was in the classical times of Greece and Rome. It is commonly used to refer to the transitional movement in Europe between medieval and modern times. The Renaissance period began in the 14th century in Italy, and spread throughout Europe, lasting into the 17th century. The Renaissance period is marked by a humanistic revival of classical influence expressed in a flowering of the arts, architecture and literature and by the beginnings of modern science.

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