Renaissance PDF


Renaissance is a history unit about the final period of the Middle Ages in Europe when revolutionary ideas and technologies began to change the world. This unit is for ages 6 to 18 and is meant to be taught family-style, all ages at once.


Renaissance is the ninth unit in the Middle Ages History course. This unit is about the Europeans of the late middle ages who rediscovered the ancient writings and art of the Greeks and Romans, revived them, and then made their own revolutionary advances.

This book is for adult mentors to use as a resource when planning lessons, not a textbook for students.

This unit has sections on:

  • Italian Renaissance
  • Northern Renaissance
  • English Renaissance

Layers of Learning is activity-based and this unit guide includes many hands-on ways to learn about Medieval Britain. Here are a few things you will find to do inside this unit:

  • Color a map of Renaissance Italy and label the major specialties of each city-state
  • Bake and eat Renaissance small cakes
  • Make a notebooking page in your Book of Years about Gutenberg’s printing press
  • Craft a Copernican model of the solar system and discuss the revolution in science that his ideas represented
  • Make a mobile of Marguerite of Navarre and her intellectual circle
  • Color and cut a pavilion to put in your Book of Years about Henry VIII’s Field of the cloth of Gold summit
  • Make wooden spoon puppets of Good Queen Bess and her friends
  • Craft your own Guy Fawkes scarecrow face
  • Make Midsummer Night’s Dream puppets and then watch the play
  • And much more!

Layers of Learning History units include Library Lists of books on the topic, a family read-aloud suggestion, hands-on activities, printables and paper crafts, sidebars for extra learning, and tools to help you assess your student’s progress and mastery. Learn more about how Layers of Learning works.

See Inside

This is a view of a two page spread from Renaissance:


This unit, like all of Layers of Learning is pick-and-choose so the mentor can decide which Explorations to choose from among many options.


This unit was written to be used for a month but contains plenty of content for many more weeks of learning if you choose. This is a pick-and-choose curriculum, meant to be cycled back to in the future when your child is older. As such, it intentionally includes far more material than you can possibly cover in a month.

Renaissance is also part of the overall Middle Ages History course, the second Year of the four year Layers of Learning History cycle. If you use the program in order, it will take you through the history of the world from ancient times through the 21st century. However, each unit stands alone and can be used independently of any other unit.

Printable Pack

This unit comes with a downloadable Printable Pack that includes all the student worksheets. The printables can be copied as many times as needed for your family or class.


You can download the Printable Pack from your receipt or from your account at Layers of Learning. This printable pack includes 23 pages.

Extra Resources

This unit comes with extra weblinks and a YouTube video playlist on the Middle Ages History Resources page.


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Cycle Year

Year Two

Product Type

Single Units




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