The Renaissance By: Jesus Guzman

Marco Polo and the Silk Road

The reopening of the Silk Road helped spark the Renaissance. It helped spark the Renaissance because when the Silk Road reopened travelers were able to go from Europe and Asia to get new ideas. In the text it states, “The Polos saw many amazing things in China. For example, the Chinese used paper money in addition to the coins that Europeans used” (Holt 300). This shows that people found new ideas about the world and goods. In conclusion, people discovered new goods with the reopening of the Silk Road.


These are photos of Marco Polo


This map shows where Marco Polo travelled through

Italian Trade Cities - Florence

Medici Family

Top left: Shows people going to the bank to get a loan. Top right: The Medici family paid money so people can draw art. Bottom left: The Medici family paid money so school would be built. Bottom right: The Medici family invested in architecture so the whole city gets rebuilt.

Rediscovering the past (Greek and Roman)

Greek and Roman classical ideas help shape the development of the renaissance. They helped shape the Renaissance because when old Greek writings were found people became more and more interested in the way they lived. In the text it states, "Excited by their return, scholars then went looking for ancient texts in Latin" (Holt 305). This shows that people started to read all the ideas that Greeks and Romans had. In conclusion, Greek and Roman classical ideas helped the Renaissance develop.

This is some Greek and Roman art.

This is Greek and Roman Literature.

This is Miles Greek and Roman Architecture.

Leonardo da Vinci

In the article it states that Leonardo da Vinci loved art and that he was interested in art more because he thought that art was connected to science and nature.

Top Left: Painting by Leonardo da Vinci called Lady with an Ermine. Bottom Left: Painting by Leonardo da Vinci called The Last Supper. Middle Left: Painting by Leonardo da Vinci called the Mona Lisa. Right: Leonardo da Vinci.


The video will show all of Michelangelo's statues and art and will explain how he made an impact.

Printing Press(Johann Gutenberg)

All pictures: These pictures show the printing press.

The printing press had a big impact on literacy because when people could copy books faster people were able to read the books. People also started getting more books since they were able to get them faster with the printing press.

Renaissance Writing(William Shakespeare)

William Shakespeare's writing reflected the ideas of humanism. He reflected humanism by showing how important everyone is with his plays. In the text it states, “Shakespeare compares people to the actors in a play who should be watched with great interest” (Holt 317). This example explains that William Shakespeare believes that everyone is important. Many people were attracted to William Shakespeare's writing because people enjoyed the beauty of his Language. In the text it states, “Ever since, people have enjoyed the beauty of Shakespeare's Language…” (Holt 317). This shows that people really enjoyed his writing. In conclusion, many people loved his plays/writings because they were amazing and they reflected ideas on humanism.

“To be or not to be that is the question.” - William Shakespeare, Hamlet.

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