World History 9A, Assignment Three, The Beginnings of the Renaissance

Assignment Nine

Three Reformation Leaders
Deadline 11/17, 80 points




During the early 1400s, the Church had begun to weaken - at least in secular matters.
At the same time, the after effects of the Black Death had begun the breakup of the feudal order.
France and England had been locked in a war of attrition for over 100 years.

How did an explosion of scientific learning, art, and religious reform explode out of this chaos and death?

Madonna of the Meadow

The Madonna of the Meadow by Bellini, 1505




Please note that this assignment was changed to focus on the three Reformation leaders listed on the bottom of the right-hand column.


Students will identify and describe the significant impacts of their assigned scientist or artist.

Essential questions

How did the Renaissance grow out of such horrid and disruptive times?

Special instructions

You are going to create a basic 5 to 10 minute in-class mini-lesson about one of the people listed in the right-hand column. If you want to select someone else from this time period, that's fine, but you will need have your selection approved before you begin.

Your lesson needs to answer the following questions.

The biggest question you  will answer it this >> 
Does your person deserve attention they receive today? Why or why not?

For supporting information, you will need to include the following:

  1. Create a simple biography of your person.
  2. For what was your person best known during their lifetime? Why?
  3. Where did they live and work and study?
  4. What made them famous?
  5. Why do we study them and know about them now?
  6. Show some examples of their work.
  7. For what are they best remembered?

The links in the right hand column have quite a bit of information, and they should help you answer your questions. If you need to search elsewhere, be cautious. It’s probably best to ask permission.




Printed Files

For a copy of the online textbook pages, click here.

To access a copy of the printed file for this assignment, click here.

Click here to access the comparative PowerPoint we used at the beginning of this unt.

Online Files

To view the PowerPoint file about the painting Arnolfini Wedding by Van Eyck, click here.

Click here to open a copy of the simplified timeline we used in class.

Madonna of the Meadow by Bellini

Sample Renaissance art PowerPoint

Online Files

For the group files that began this assignment, click below.


Jan Van Eyck
One, Two, Three

Leonardo da Vinci
One, Two, Three

One, Two, Three

One, Two, Three

One, Two, Three

Pieter Bruegel
One, Two, Three

The assignment was changed to be ONLY about the three people listed below.

Charles V, Holy Roman Emperor
One, Two, Three

Henry VIII (Jabba the Hut)
One, Two, Three

Click here to view the Rick Steves video about Martin Luther.

Martin Luther