HAMBURG - Immaculata Academy sophomores learned the Renaissance in a whole new way by participating in the school's second annual Renaissance Fair.
The joint curriculum helped the students to make deeper connections with the Renaissance by immersing them in the period's culture and events. Students explored Renaissance and medieval literature during English class and history during social studies. The Renaissance Fair finished the unit and provided students a unique, hands-on opportunity to interact with history by building their own medieval manor, acting out themes from the Canterbury Tales, and partaking in a Renaissance feast.
During the fair, students also constructed and decorated their own "princess" hats, scoured the school's grounds during the Canterbury Tales scavenger hunt, and took in medieval sights, sounds and culture by watching "Robin Hood."
"The Renaissance Fair is an opportunity to combine the curriculum for social studies and English in such a way as to give the students at Immaculata Academy a kinesthetic approach to learning about the Middle Ages," said Jennifer Trim, social studies teacher. "This type of hands-on learning experience is more memorable to the students and helps them retain pertinent information because they are participating in learning rather than observing from the sidelines."