Renaissance and Reformation WebQuest: Tasks

Before you begin this WebQuest, please make sure you have your accompanying packet ready to go.  While there will be occasional parts of this WebQuest which require you to respond online, the majority of your work will be done on this packet, and then submitted on its due date for a project grade.  If you have lost your hard copy of the Renaissance and Reformation WebQuest packet, please download another copy and print it out:

Renaissance and Reformation WebQuest Student Packet

Over the next several days, you will move through the following tasks to gain a better understanding of the daily, political, intellectual, religious, and artistic life of the Renaissance, Reformation, and Counter-Reformation.  You should proceed through the tasks in order; the material from Task One will help you to better understand Task Two and so on.  You will find links to the next task at the bottom of each page, or you can return here or navigate the site through the drop-down menus above.

Task One: Italian Renaissance

Students will learn about the origins of the Renaissance in Italy, and assess whether or not it even occurred.

Task Two: Northern Renaissance

Students will examine the Northern branches of the Renaissance, and assess how they differ from their Italian roots.

Task Three: Intellectual and Daily Life in the Renaissance

Students will discover the role of modern finance, humanism, realpolitik, and the printing press in the Renaissance world.

Task Four: Renaissance Art

Students will work on visually analyzing a work of art, and learn about the importance of anatomical studies in Renaissance art as well as examining the history and impact of the Sistine Chapel on Western art.

Task Five: Causes of the Protestant Reformation

Students will seek to understand the political, social, and cultural reasons behind the Protestant Reformation, as well as Martin Luther’s role in the initial fragmenting of Christianity during this period.

Task Six: Consequences of the Protestant Reformation

Students will examine the long term effects of the Protestant Reformation, including the development of Protestant branches like Calvinism and Anglicanism, as well as the development and effects of the Counter (or Catholic) Reformation.

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