The Curriculum of the Steiner School - Class 7

Notes and Lesson Plans

Age of Discovery, part 2
updated April 15, 2018


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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 Book


The Age of Discovery

by Charles Kovacs


Additional Resources


Story One - May 7, 2018
The Renaissance (chapter 35)
Leonardo: Childhood and Youth (chapter 36)


Story Two - May 8, 2018
Leonardo in Florence and Milan (chapter 37)
The Last Supper (chapter 38)


Story Three - May 9, 2018
Inventions and the Mona Lisa (chapter 39)
Raphael and Michelangelo (chapter 40)


Story Four - May 10, 2018
The Wars of the Roses (chapter 41)
Borgia and Savonarola (chapter 42)


Story Five - May 11, 2018
Martin Luther (chapter 43)
Luther and the Reformation (chapter 44)


Story Six - May 14, 2018
The Diet of Worms (chapter 45)
Calvin and Knox (chapter 46)


Story Seven - May 15, 2018
Henry VIII (chapter 47)

    draw Henry VIII family tree

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


Story Eight - May 16, 2018
Mary Queen of Scots (chapter 48)
The Great Armada (chapter 49)


Story Nine - May 17, 2018
Elizabethan Times, Shakespeare, Raleigh (chapter 50)
Francis Drake (chapter 51) - first two paragraphs

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


    May 18, 2018 - last day of school


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