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Bell Ringer 2/23/16
1. Write a detailed description of the middle ages.
2. What effect did the Bubonic Plague/ Black Death have upon
3. What was Charlemagne best known for doing?
4. Who were the Moors?
5. Explain the struggle between popes and kings?
6. Draw a triangle showing 4 levels of the the Feudal system.
7. Which two countries/leaders fought in the Battle of Hastings.
8. What was the Magna Carta?
9. Who fought in the Crusades? What was the symbol of the
10.Who was Thomas Aquinas and what did he create?
The Renaissance
The word Renaissance means “rebirth”.
Think about a time in your life when you
experienced a BIG change. For example…going to a
new school, moving to new place, etc. Write a few
sentences about this “change” or experience.
Challenge Question:
Why did the Renaissance occur?
Objective & Standard
I can evaluate the emergence of the
Renaissance and the influences from
Europe, the Bubonic Plague, and the
Muslim Moors.
• SPI 7.43 Trace the emergence of the
Renaissance, including influence from
Moorish (or Muslim) scholars in Spain.
1. When was the Middle Ages?
2. What were some of the main events of the
Middle Ages?
3. Who were some important people during the
Middle Ages?
4. Why did the Middle Ages end?
1. The Middle Ages was a very harsh and dark time.
This is why many refer to it as the Dark Ages.
• Do you think the Renaissance was a reaction to
the Middle Ages? Why or why not? Are we in a
‘dark age’ or a renaissance today? Explain your
2. The renaissance means rebirth.
• Can you think of any other time there has been
a ‘rebirth’ in history. Explain your answer.
• The European Renaissance began in
Northern Italy in the14th century. The
Tuscan city of Florence is considered the
birthplace of the Renaissance. Gradually,
the movement spread from Italy to other
parts of Europe.
• The Renaissance is generally considered to
have started in Florence, Italy around the
years 1350 to 1400.
• The start of the Renaissance also was the
end of the Middle Ages.
• One of the big changes in the Renaissance was in the
way people thought about things. In the Middle Ages
people thought that life was supposed to be hard. They
grew up thinking life was nothing but hard work and
• However, around the 1300s, the people in Florence,
Italy began to think differently about life. They studied
the writings and works of the Greeks and the Romans
and realized that earlier civilizations had lived
• This new way of thinking was called Humanism. Now
people thought that life could be enjoyable and they
could have comforts. They started to think that people
should be educated and that things like art, music, and
science could make life better for everyone. This was a
real change in the way people thought.
The Moors
• The Moors were Muslims who occupied Spain during
the Middle to the end of the Middle Ages.
• The Moorish contributions to education and learning
helped spark the European Renaissance.
• By 1250, Christians would eventually take back Spain
in efforts that were called the Reconquista.
What are other events in Europe helped spark
the start of the European Renaissance?
10 minutes
Read the article about
the Renaissance
Highlight important facts
Answer the questions on
the back.
You will discover the emergence of arts and literature
that began during the Renaissance by completing a
mind map. Your topics that you will
explore/brainstorm as you read will be the following:
Sources of Inspiration
Two Masters
Italian Writers
Italian Art and Artist
1. Why and how did the Renaissance emerge?
2. Describe something you learned about the
arts/literature from the Renaissance.