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Age of Discovery—A FLEX Course on the History and Geography of the Renaissance in Europe

This 20-week survey of European History starts with Erasmus and ends with William and Mary, including the monarchs and scholars, artists and writers, and scientists and inventors who made the outstanding achievements of this incredible era.
Francesca G Dixon
23 total reviews for this teacher
New class
Class
No live meetings
Over 20 weeks
10-12
year olds
3-12
learners per class
per learner - per week

How does aFlexible Schedulecourse work?

No scheduled live video chats
Discussions via classroom forum and private messages with the teacher
Great if your learner prefers independent pacing or is uncomfortable with live video chat

Available Times

Pacific Time

Mon Aug 22

Aug 22, 2022 - Jan 6, 2023 (20 weeks)
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Mon Aug 29

Aug 29, 2022 - Jan 13, 2023 (20 weeks)
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Mon Sep 5

Sep 5, 2022 - Jan 20, 2023 (20 weeks)
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Mon Sep 12

Sep 12, 2022 - Jan 27, 2023 (20 weeks)
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Mon Sep 19

Sep 19, 2022 - Feb 3, 2023 (20 weeks)
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Mon Sep 26

Sep 26, 2022 - Feb 10, 2023 (20 weeks)
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Mon Oct 3

Oct 3, 2022 - Feb 17, 2023 (20 weeks)
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Mon Oct 10

Oct 10, 2022 - Feb 24, 2023 (20 weeks)
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Mon Oct 17

Oct 17, 2022 - Mar 3, 2023 (20 weeks)
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Mon Oct 24

Oct 24, 2022 - Mar 10, 2023 (20 weeks)
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Mon Oct 31

Oct 31, 2022 - Mar 17, 2023 (20 weeks)
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Mon Nov 7

Nov 7, 2022 - Mar 24, 2023 (20 weeks)
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Mon Nov 14

Nov 14, 2022 - Mar 31, 2023 (20 weeks)
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Mon Nov 21

Nov 21, 2022 - Apr 7, 2023 (20 weeks)
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Mon Nov 28

Nov 28, 2022 - Apr 14, 2023 (20 weeks)
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Mon Dec 5

Dec 5, 2022 - Apr 21, 2023 (20 weeks)
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Mon Dec 12

Dec 12, 2022 - Apr 28, 2023 (20 weeks)
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Mon Dec 19

Dec 19, 2022 - May 5, 2023 (20 weeks)
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Mon Dec 26

Dec 26, 2022 - May 12, 2023 (20 weeks)
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Description

Class Experience

This class is taught in English.
Students will become familiar with key philosophical movements, events, and elites, as well as the scientific, technological, literary, and artistic achievements of the Renaissance, and gain background knowledge and rare-word vocabulary from a specific domain that will enhance their reading comprehension of nonfiction text.
I have taught this course for several years as a full-time, certified Elementary and Secondary teacher at the District of Columbia Public Schools. I received an Excellence Award by the Educational Testing Service for Outstanding performance on the PRAXIS II Test for Social Studies Content Knowledge. My unique expertise is in developing and teaching content-rich humanities units that integrate geography, history, literature, science, art, and music.  Additionally, I have developed a repertoire of strategies for teaching reading in the content area to intermediate-age students.
Each week, students will read and respond to one or two written texts.  Assignments are designed to be completed as students read.  The amount of time necessary to complete the assignments will depend on the learner. 
All of the resources used for this class are available online at no cost.
In addition to the Outschool classroom, this class uses:
  • Padlet
  • Quizlet
I will provide feedback on all submitted assignments.  Completed work can be compiled into a portfolio.  If requested I will provide a letter grade and certificate.
No live meetings, and an estimated 1 - 2 hours per week outside of class.
Some of the art discussed in this class, such as Michelangelo's David and Botticelli's Birth of Venus, features nudes.  I will address this issue with students by explaining that Renaissance artists, like the classical artists they revered, considered the human body to be a thing of beauty.  This class will discuss the reformation of the church and the counter-reformation.  It will also discuss explorers and conquistadors such as Columbus and Magellan, as well as their treatment of Indigenous Peoples in America, Africa, and Asia. If or when inaccuracies or biases are present in any resources used for this class, I will use them as teachable moments to explain what is inaccurate and how the resource shows bias.
• From the Renaissance to England's Golden Age, Core Knowledge History and Geography
• The Age of Exploration, Core Knowledge History and Geography
We will make use of the online collections of the National Gallery of Art and the Metropolitan Museum of Art.

Teacher

Francesca G Dixon
🇺🇸
Lives in the United States
Feasting on Knowledge With Ms. Dixon
23 total reviews
36 completed classes

About Me

Education should be a feast of knowledge and all students should be invited to a banquet that includes literature, history, geography, art, music, science, and math. I believe that rich content knowledge and a wide vocabulary greatly enhance... 
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