Discovering Great Thinkers of the Renaissance

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The Renaissance was a time of pondering old ideas and considering new ones. Some ideas were good, and others were not, but in both ways, the Renaissance was a time of much change for the world. With Discovering Great Thinkers of the Renaissance, a publisher-approved Notebook Companion™ to The Renaissance Thinkers (sold separately), your students can learn about the lives of five men who left an impact on this historic period.

147 black and white pages | for grades 5 and up | This is a digital only resource.

The Renaissance Thinkers by Nomad Press is sold separately.

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Discovering Great Thinkers of the Renaissance


During the Renaissance, some built structures in ways so ingenious that people still struggle to understand how they did it. Some imagined what a perfect society would look like, while others recorded the unvarnished reality of the ugly side of Renaissance politics.

Still others made scientific discoveries that have shaped science as we know it. Your students can meet five such individuals with our no-prep, open-and-go Notebook Companion™.

Just grab a copy of The Renaissance Thinkers (sold separately), our Notebook Companion™, and a pen or pencil and get ready for an adventure through the Renaissance. With this unit, your kids can meet:

  • Filippo Brunelleschi, architect
  • Niccolò Machiavelli, statesman and author
  • Thomas More, statesman, lawyer, and author
  • Nicolaus Copernicus, scientist
  • Francis Bacon, inventor of the scientific method

What’s Included

Through engaging text, students will learn about the lives of these five men and their contributions to history. They’ll have the opportunity to sketch, develop their written narration skills by answering our open-ended questions, and choose from a large variety of additional, optional projects to complete such as:

  • creating a timeline of each individual’s life
  • creating a master timeline covering all the people in the unit
  • completing glossary pages for building vocabulary skills
  • copying quotes by or about each individual to create journal pages
  • trying various hands-on projects
  • illustrating scenes comic book-style from the lives of the key figures
  • completing a biography sheet for each individual

Discovering Great Thinkers of the Renaissance Notebooking Pages

In addition to learning about the key figures covered, they can also learn about famous women of the time period including architect Plautilla Bricci, scientist Maria Cunitz, and scientist-illustrator Maria Sibylla Merian.

Additional notebooking pages are included for going even deeper, and an Answers Index is also provided.

The Renaissance Thinkers by Diane C. Taylor, Published by Nomad Press

Our Notebook Companion™ accompanies The Renaissance Thinkers, published by Nomad Press and sold separately. Discovering Great Thinkers of the Renaissance Notebook Companion™ was created with the publisher’s permisson.

The Renaissance Thinkers by Nomad Press

Who were the scientists and philosophers of the Renaissance?

The Renaissance Thinkers introduces students ages 10 through 15 to the lives of five of the most influential scientists and philosophers of the Renaissance era, including Filippo Brunelleschi, Machiavelli, Copernicus, Thomas More, and Francis Bacon.

All of these men were great thinkers who had an impact on the world. They made huge leaps in philosophical thought and introduced concepts to us that have resonated for hundreds of years.

The book includes hands-on projects that use science, technology, engineering, art, and math (STEAM) to to demonstrate the scientific method and engineering process. Fun facts, primary source illustrations and links to online resources encourage kids to think critically about the political and social factors at play in their own lives, and deepen their understanding of a crucial historical era.

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