Lesson 1: Introduction to the Renaissance
Lesson 2: The Aztecs
- Read a history spine, such as Kingfisher History Encyclopedia p. (The Usborne Internet-Linked Encyclopedia of World History, or A Child’s History of the World by V.M. Hillyer are other options.) Make notes of key words as you read.
- Read the section on the Aztecs in Incans, Aztecs and Mayans by John Holtzman. Make notes of key words as you read.
- Write a few sentences about what you have learned in your history notebook. Another option is to use the Renaissance History Portfolio, from Homeschool Journey or complete notebook pages using the templates from A Pilgrim's Heart, or complete the Aztec file folder book from That Artist Woman.
- Copywork: Once Europeans became aware of the American continents and Caribbean islands, they explored this New World. Spaniard Hernan Cortes captured the capital city of the Aztecs, which later became Mexico City. Spanish colonists followed the conquistadors. Many of the new settlers were obsessed with finding gold and other treasure. The legend of El Dorado described a kingdom full of gold. Although people searched for this land, they never found it. Include a picture of an Aztec warrior (instructions can be found at Deep Space Sparkle.)
- Complete a map of the area such as the one from Interactive 3D Maps: American History.
- Read The King's Fifth, by Scott O' Dell. Make notes as you read as to the who, what, when, where and how things happen in the book. When you complete the book, write a one to 10 sentence summary of the novel. (Example: You could write one sentence such as: The King's Fifth is about Esteban de Sandoval a young Spanish mapmaker, who is part of an expedition to find gold in the New World and becames obsessed over the gold. Or, you could add more to this sentence, such as: When one of his companions, Father Fransisco, dies in the dessert, Esteban realizes that the love of gold was an evil influence and drops the bags of gold in a hot spring so not one could ever get to it. He was arrested and tried for withholding the king's fifth tax of the treasure. Everyone involved with the trial hopes to discover the gold's hiding place but Esteban is happy that no one will ever get to it.) Make your assignments match the level of skill of your student. For older students, you can add additional one or two sentence answer essay questions such as: Compare and contrast Esteban and Mendoza at the beginning of the expedition. Did Mendoza deserve what happened to him? Why or why not? How did Esteban change after Mendoza's death? Why was Esteban satisfied by the verdict of the trial?
- Cartography: Make a map of your neighborhood using paper, a yardstick or tape measure and colored pencils.
- Optional: Make a cup of Aztec Cocoa, recipe at Budget Bytes.
Lesson 3: The Inca Empire
Lesson 3: The Reconquest of Spain
Lesson 4: Italy in the Renaissance
Lesson 5: European Explorers
Lesson 6: The Songhay Empire
Lesson 7: Safavid Persia
Lesson 8: Tudor England
Lesson 9: The Portuguese Empire
Lesson 10: The Reformation
Lesson 11: The Ottoman Empire
Lesson 12: India: Moguls
Lesson 13: The Conquistadors and The Spanish Empire
Lesson 14: The Hapsburgs
Lesson 15: The Spanish Armada
Lesson 16: French Wars of Religion
Lesson 17: Russia in the Renaissance
Lesson 18: Dutch Independence
Lesson 19: North America in the Renaissance
Lesson 20: Japan and China in the Renaissance
Trade and Empire
Lesson 21: Japan in Isolation
Lesson 22: The Stuarts
Lesson 23: Early American Settlers
Lesson 24: The Swedish Empire
Lesson 25: The Thirty Years' War
Lesson 26: France and Richelieu
Lesson 27: Decline of Spain
Lesson 28: East India Companies
Lesson 29: The Dutch Empire
Lesson 30: English Civil War
Lesson 31: China: The Qing Dynasty
Lesson 32: The Sun King
Lesson 33: Decline of Mogul India
Lesson 34: The Ottoman Empire
Lesson 35: The Age of Reason
Lesson 36: Slavery and Pirates
Lesson 37: African States
Lesson 38: Ireland
Lesson 39: Russian Expansion
Lesson 40: The Great Northern War
Lesson 41: The Spanish Succession
Lesson 42: Colonial America
sources and resources:
- Classical House of Learning Literature