-by Dave Scott, Grade 8 Humanities
This term the Grade 8 Humanities team has been experimenting with creative ways for students to demonstrate their comprehension of key concepts and ideas surrounding the Italian Renaissance.
- self knowledge
We felt Pixton had significant potential for gives students the freedom to design their own comic characters and add real life backgrounds, we felt this would be an ideal medium for students to be both creative while also showing deep understanding of events and developments associated with the Renaissance.
As we set out on our study of the Renaissance we wanted to highlight for students that the Renaissance can not be reduced to one simple definition; in fact it can be understood as a whole series of developments and changes that occurred over a long period of time.
After supplying our students with a series of resources to draw from, the task we devised for this performance of understanding was as follows:
Your Renaissance comic will be evaluated on how clearly and concisely you are able to communicate the most important elements of your topic, your ability to bring in supporting details from your research including quotes and other specific facts and information, and how free of errors your comic is in terms of spelling, grammar, and punctuation.
- A period of rebuilding and renewal after the devastation and destruction of the 14th century
- A period of rebirth of Greek and Roman thought and styles that provided a model for all aspects of life including art, writing, architecture, and politics
- A spirit of Humanism that put man and his potential at the centre of life and learning
- A time of great artistic activity and innovation
- A spirit of discovery and scientific inquiry into the inner workings of nature and the world
Here are some examples of student work that followed from this task: