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Sample Lessons - Modernity

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  1. Lesson 1: Orientation
    12 Steps
  2. Lesson 2: The Great Stage: Introduction to the West
    12 Steps
  3. Lesson 3: Ideas Have Consequences: The Enlightenment
    11 Steps
  4. Lesson 4: The Sacred & the Secular: Empires, Pirates, and Rulers
    11 Steps
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2.6—Project 1: Reformational Imitation (4 min video)

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For this project, students imitate and reproduce a work from a seventeenth- or eighteenth-century master in one of four ways:

  1. Copy a work or a series of sketches by a master artist of the period such as Vermeer, Caravaggio, or Copley.
  2. Copy a score from a master composer such as Bach, Haydn, or Beethoven.
  3. Copy and illuminate a poem by a master poet such as Milton, Blake, or Coleridge.
  4. Reconstruct a famous invention or device by a master scientist such as Pascal, Newton, Boyle, or any member of the Royal Society.

Students should first choose a project, master, and work to imitate and reproduce. They should then research their chosen work and begin the actual imitation. These imitations should accurately copy the form, details, and design of the original. If a long or epic work is chosen, students may obtain a teacher’s approval to shorten the amount imitated.

This project should be completed by the end of Lesson 7. Imitations are graded on craftsmanship, attention to detail, faithfulness to original design, and the following of instructions.