Step 4 - History 6 - The Three R's (The Reformation, Renaissance and Restoration)

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Step 4 - History 6 - The Three R's (The Reformation, Renaissance and Restoration)

  • Develops literacy, vocabulary, geography, politics!
  • Introduces & explores key ideas in history!
  • Explores the development of Protestantism!
  • Explores the period's art and great artists!
  • Covers major people & events in the order they happened!
  • Hands-on activities make history relevant to the student!
  • Develops critical thinking skills!
  • Develops study in a self-determined manner!
  • Lesson plans are complete and ready to use!  Start now!

We're currently working our way through this program and loving it.  The children (aged 12 and 16) work independently on most of their subjects, but we chose to do this together to tie in with this year's Great Books studies. As we started with The Epic of Gilgamesh, the Mesopotamian start to this unit worked perfectly.

This program has been designed for independent study, but we've found it to be ideal for collaborative learning, encouraging interesting discussions. All the hard work has been done, but there is plenty of scope for shaping it to your family's needs. If necessary the children can work on their own too, so I love the freedom this gives us.  Highly recommended. 
 E. R., Professional Educator

For history students, ages 11-adult. A tile when Europe was awash in religious war, as the Protestant faiths were born in faith and blood, separating from the Catholic Church. The Renaissance saw the greatest explosion of art in history, from da Vinci to Shakespeare and beyond, all studied in depth. One of the most alive periods in human history, covered in detail.

Step 4 (for ages 11-adult) History 6 unveils the European Reformation, Renaissance, Restoration, and Enlightenment, leading up to and including essential information on the foundations of the American Revolution. One of the most glorious and bloody periods in history, great leaders and artists all come to life as Europe awakens to its cultural and nationalistic destiny.   Rulers fight for power over their own nations and others, artists create some of the greatest art of all time.  A startling period of history!

70 lessons, 10 tests and answer guides, 125-170 hours of study depending on the student. (Some film and materials required. Some of these may be available on the Internet for free. You are required to secure them.)

Subjects covered in this course include:

  • The Italian Renaissance
  • Feudalism
  • What a Renaissance is
  • Humanism and its part if the Renaissance
  • Capitalism and its part in the Renaissance
  • Compting Italian Cities
  • The de Medicis
  • Classicism and Humanism and their impact
  • Dante
  • Machiavelli
  • Petrarch
  • Boccaccio
  • The Black Plague
  • The rediscover in Europe of Plato and his philosophy
  • The end of Aristotelianism
  • Neo-Classicist Italy
  • Italian Renaissanced Art: Donatello; Ghiberti; Giotto;Masaccio; Lippi; Angelico; Della Francesco; Botticelli; Rapheal; Verrocchio; Bramante; Mantegna; Bellini; da Vinci; Michelangelo Giorgione; Parmigianino; Tintoretto; Cellini; El Greco
  • The Northern Renaissance
  • The invention of the printing press by Gutenberg
  • Northern Renaissance artsist: Van Eyck; Bosch; Grunewald; Durer; Breughel the Elder; Holbein the Younger
  • Erasmus
  • Montaigne
  • Sir Thomas More
  • Rebelais
  • van Hutton
  • Cervantes
  • Europe in 1500
  • Martin Luther and the birth of Protestantism(a large section of the course)
  • The growing working and business class in Europe
  • The diminishing Catholic Church
  • John Wycliffe
  • Jan Hus (John Huss)
  • The Reformation
  • Henry VIII and the birth of the Anglican Church
  • Mary Tudor and Catholic England's last gasp
  • Elizabeth I
  • Protestantism's expansion throughout Europe
  • European religious wars
  • The British Renaissance
  • Shakespeare (a very large component)
  • European empires build through the rest of the world
  • Capitalism grows in Europe
  • Free Enterprise vs Absolute Rulers
  • Louis XIV of France
  • Moliere
  • Ivan the Terrible of Russia and other Absolute rulers
  • Americans start gto dream of freedom from Europe
  • The Baroque period in art and music: Vivaldi; Bach; Handel
  • Artists of the Baroque Period: Caravaggio; Ribera; Gentilschi; Carracci; Giordano; maderno; Bernini; Borromini; Guarini
  • Italian music of the Baroque: Monteverdi; Corelli
  • Spanish artists and writers of the Baroque: Valazquez, Cervantes; de Vega; Calderon
  • Artists of the Netherlands: Ruben, Breughel the Elder; Hals; Rembrandt; Vermeer
  • Artists of France and England: Poussin; Lully; Purcell
  • British Playwrights: Dryden; Wycherley; Congreve; Vanbrugh
  • The Age of Enlightenment great scientists: Copernicus; Giordano Bruno; Brahe; Kepler; Galileo (a large component)
  • Descarte
  • Sir Francis Bacon
  • Isaac Newton
  • John Locke
  • Spinoza
  • Montesquieu
  • Deiderot
  • Voltaire
  • Rousseau
  • Gibbon
  • More great scientists: Huygens; Boyle; Priestly; Rutherford; Lavosier; Halley; many others
  • Enlightenment artists: Watteau; Boucher; Fragonard; Hogarth, Reynolds; Canaletto; Tiepolo
  • Great writers of England: Donne; Milton; Swift; Dafoe; Pope; Fielding; Burns; Blake
  • Playwrights of the period: Goldoni; Farquhar; Goldsmith; Sheridan
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