Elizabethan Europe
Age 11-13: Concept 2 - Semester 2: Unit 4

In this unit, you'll learn about the Renaissance through the lens of Elizabethan Europe. As you explore the life of one of England's greatest monarchs, you'll also explore the music and art of the era, the conflicts of the Protestant Reformation and the Counter-Reformation, and the clashes among European powers that took place during the lifetime of Elizabeth I.

You will work on a variety of mini-books that you will add to your final project, a lapbook about the life and times of Queen Elizabeth I.

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  • Able to read and comprehend novels at a late 7th or 8th grade reading level
  • Able to write multiple paragraphs on a topic
  • Familiar with the five-paragraph essay
  • Usually used by children in the seventh grade.

Table of Contents

  • Lesson 1: Europe at the Time of Elizabeth's Birth (2 Days)
  • Lesson 2: The Renaissance and Elizabeth's Childhood (2 Days)
  • Lesson 3: Becoming Queen (2 Days)
  • Lesson 4: Religious Turmoil
  • Lesson 5: International Affairs (2 Days)
  • Lesson 6: Defeating the Spanish Armada
  • Lesson 7: The End of Elizabeth I's Era
  • Lesson 8: The Making of the Modern World
  • Final Project: An Elizabethan Lapbook (2 Days)

Summary of Skills

Moving Beyond the Page is based on state and national standards. These standards are covered in this unit.
  • Analyze how the Counter-Reformation revitalized the Catholic church and examine the forces that fostered the movement (e.g., St. Ignatius of Loyola and the Jesuits, the Council of Trent). (Social Studies)
  • Analyze the historical developments of the Reformation. (Social Studies)
  • Analyze the origins, accomplishments, and geographic diffusion of the Renaissance. (Social Studies)
  • Consider the role that monarchs played in the lives of everyday people during the Renaissance. (Social Studies)
  • Describe the growth and effects of new ways of disseminating information (e.g., the ability to manufacture paper, translation of the Bible into the vernacular, printing). (Social Studies)
  • Describe the theological, political, and economic ideas of the major figures during the Reformation (e.g., Desiderius Erasmus, Martin Luther, John Calvin, William Tyndale). (Social Studies)
  • Describe the way in which the revival of classical learning and the arts fostered a new interest in humanism (i.e., a balance between intellect and religious faith). (Social Studies)
  • Detail advances made in literature, the arts, science, mathematics, cartography, engineering, and the understanding of human anatomy and astronomy (e.g., by Dante, Leonardo da Vinci, Michelangelo, Johann Gutenberg, William Shakespeare). (Social Studies)
  • Explain Protestant's new practices of church self-government and the influence of those practices on the development of democratic practices and ideas of federalism. (Social Studies)
  • Explain the importance of Florence in the early stages of the Renaissance and the growth of independent trading cities (such as Venice) with emphasis on the cities' importance in the spread of Renaissance ideas. (Social Studies)
  • Gain an appreciation of the culture of Renaissance-era England. (Social Studies)
  • Identify and locate the European regions that remained Catholic and those that became Protestant and explain how the division affected the distribution of religions in the New World. (Social Studies)
  • Identify the key figures of the Renaissance and the Reformation and their contributions, including Leonardo da Vinci, Michelangelo, Johannes Gutenberg, John Calvin, and Martin Luther. (Social Studies)
  • List the causes for the internal turmoil in and weakening of the Catholic church (e.g., tax policies, selling of indulgences). (Social Studies)
  • Understand the effects of the reopening of the ancient "Silk Road" between Europe and China, including Marco Polo's travels and the location of his routes. (Social Studies)
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