The Curriculum of the Steiner School - Class 7

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Age of Discovery, part 2
updated May 8, 2022

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The Age of Discovery, part 2
Charles Kovacs

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Note: I previously taught a combined Age of Exploration / Renaissance & Reformation block, for which I used V.M. Hillyer's book A Child's History of the World, 1951 edition. However, this year I have the time to separate these topics out into two blocks. I am using Charles Kovac's book The Age of Discovery. This book actually has three complete main lesson blocks in it: The Middle Ages, The Age of Exploration, and the Renaissance & Reformation. Here, I will be using chapters 35 - 51.

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My curated collection of visuals! Browse sample main lesson book pages, watercolor paintings, chalkboard drawings, etc. for The Age of Discovery.

Essential Books

The Age of Discovery

by Charles Kovacs

The Artist's Guide to Perspective

by Janet Shearer

Additional Resources

Story One - May 1, 2018
The Renaissance (chapter 35)
Leonardo: Childhood and Youth (chapter 36)

Story Two - May 3, 2018
Leonardo in Florence and Milan (chapter 37)
The Last Supper (chapter 38)

Story Three - May 4, 2018
Inventions and the Mona Lisa (chapter 39)
Raphael and Michelangelo (chapter 40)

    another version of this story can be found in A Child's History of the World by V.M. Hillyer (1951) in chapter 62, "Born Again"

read "Florence, 16th century," "The High Renaissance," "Two Masters" pages from Metropolis: Ten Cities, Ten Centuries by Albert Lorenz

Story Four - May 7, 2018
The Wars of the Roses (chapter 41)

    "The War(s) of the Roses" is a phrase used to describe the civil wars in England between the Lancastrian and Yorkist dynasties. Some of the events of these wars were dramatised by Shakespeare in the following history plays:

      Richard II

      Henry IV, Part 1; Henry IV, Part 2

      Henry V

      Henry VI, Part 1; Henry VI, Part 2; Henry VI, Part 3

      Richard III

    These are loosely based on real historical characters but are meant to be entertaining works of fiction. However, this could be a fun time to read or watch one of them!

Story Five - May 8, 2018
Borgia and Savonarola (chapter 42)

Story Six - May 10, 2018
Martin Luther (chapter 43)
Luther and the Reformation (chapter 44)
The Diet of Worms (chapter 45)

Story Seven - May 11, 2018
Calvin and Knox (chapter 46)
Henry VIII (chapter 47)

    another version of this story can be found in A Child's History of the World by V.M. Hillyer (1951) in chapter 63, "Christians Quarrel"

    draw Henry VIII family tree
    there's a nice illustration of this in the back of The Stolen One by Suzanne Crowley

    Lucy Worsley's 12 Days of Tudor Christmas PBS special

    7th graders present historical fiction book reports on Henry and his daughters

    Not Your Grandma's Book Report: 30 Creative Way to Respond to Literature (FREE)

    Again, Shakespeare could be a fun choice here. Henry VIII (link is to full script from is a collaborative history play, written by William Shakespeare and John Fletcher, based on the life of King Henry VIII of England.

Story Eight - May 14, 2018
Mary Queen of Scots (chapter 48)
The Great Armada (chapter 49)

    another version of this story can be found in A Child's History of the World by V.M. Hillyer (1951) in chapter 64, "King Elizabeth"

    execution of Mary, Queen of Scots in House

    MLB illustration - transfer map technique of France / British Isles / English Channel

    meaning of nursery rhyme "Mary, Mary, Quite Contrary" (Mary Stuart)

Story Nine - May 15, 2018
Elizabethan Times: Shakespeare, Raleigh (chapter 50)
Francis Drake (chapter 51) - first two paragraphs

    another version of this story can be found in A Child's History of the World by V.M. Hillyer (1951) in chapters 65 and 66, "The Age of Elizabeth" and "James the Servant"

    Leah (8th grade) present final projects for her study of Hamlet

    see Stone Soup Shakespeare performance of "The Taming of the Shrew" on May 19

    MLB illustration - trace outline of North American Atlantic coastline and/or trace outline of Virginia

Blog posts from when I was teaching this topic:

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