The Renaissance By: Alliyah Thivarath

Marco Polo and the Silk Road

RACES: The reopening of the Silk Road helped spark the Renaissance. When Marco Polo was traveling on the Silk Road to China Marco Polo discovered a black stone called coal. Marco Polo's discovery made Europeans more curious about goods in Asia. Trade in Asia and Europe also increased. In the text it states, "Polo’s description made many Europeans curious about Asia. As their curiosity grew, people began to demand goods from Asia.” (Holt 300). This proves that Marco Polo’s discovery made Europeans curious about Asia. In conclusion, the reopening of the Silk Road helped spark the Renaissance.

Italian Trade Cities (Florence)

Medici Family

Top Left: This is an image of one of the family members of the Medici family, Lorenzo de Medici. Top Right: This image is the Laurentian Library in Florence, Italy. The Laurentian Library includes thousand of manuscripts from the Medici Family. Bottom: This image is of the Medici Chapel. This chapel is where the Medici Family was buried.

Rediscovering the Past

RACES: The Greek and Roman classical ideas helped shape the development of the Renaissance. An idea that helped shape the development of the Renaissance is art. Greek and Roman art inspired Renaissance art. In the text it states, "Among the ideas that Italian scholars wanted to revive were the humanities. Other ancient sources of inspiration for Renaissance artists and architects were still aroiruins could still be found throughout Italy. Fine classical statues were still on display. Throughout the Renaissance, artists studies these ancient statues and tried to make their work look similar to them." (Document 3). This shows that Greek and Roman ideas helped shape the Renaissance. In conclusion this it's how Greek and Roman ideas shaped the development of the Renaissance.

Greek and Roman sculptures often wore robes or togas.

Greek and Roman art showed people's emotions as calm or without emotion.

Leonardo da Vinci

This article is about Leonardo's famous inventions. Some of the inventions included are scuba gear and parachutes. The most famous invention made by Leonardo da Vinci is the flying machine. This is what the article is about.

Top left: This invention is a helicopter invented by Leonardo da Vinci. Top right:This image is one of the most famous inventions by Leonardo da Vinci, the flying machine. Bottom: This is and invention made by Leonardo da Vinci, the parachute.


This video will focus on Michelangelo's sculptures and buildings he designed throughout his life.

Paper and Printing (Johann Gutenberg)

Left: This image is a photo of movable type. Right: This image is of Johann Gutenberg looking over at his printing of the Bible.

The movable type impacted literacy because Johann Gutenberg's Bible printing wanted everyone else to read. This made people want more education.

Renaissance Writing:William Shakespeare

RACES: William Shakespeare's writing relflects the ideas of humanism because William's writing reflects that every human being is important. In the text it states, "people have enjoyed the beauty of Shakespeare's language and his understanding of humanity" and "the following passage reflects the Renaissance idea that each human being is important" (Holt 317). This proves that Shakespeare's writing is about the ideas of humanism. Shakespeare's writing attracted a wide arrangement of people. In the text it states, "Shakespeare compares people to the actors in a play who should be watched with great interest" (Holt 317). This proves that Shakespeare's writing attracted many people. In conclusion, Shakespeare's writing reflects the ideas of humanism and is viewed by a wide arrangement of people.

'Some are born great, some achieve greatness, and some have greatness thrust upon them.’ -William Shakespeare (Twelfth Night Act 2, Scene 5)
Left: A scene from one of William Shakespeare's famous plays "As You Like It". Right: This is the balcony scene from a famous musical by William Shakespeare, "Romeo and Juliet".

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