Renaissance comes alive at the middle school |

Renaissance comes alive at the middle school

Cory Fisher

Merriment and revelry marked the mood at South Tahoe Middle School’s Renaissance Fair.

Requiring months of preparation, the annual event is considered the culmination of a seventh-grade interdisciplinary study of the era’s revival of art, literature and learning.

Topics covered in various classes before the festival included Shakespeare’s plays and Elizabethan language, inventions in science, plague demography and the work of Pascal in math, games from the era in physical education and art and perspective in social studies classes.

Professional re-enactors enhanced the student experience by demonstrating Renaissance weaponry, craft-making and general lifestyle.

The interdisciplinary approach combined with a multitude of hands-on activities brings the transition from the medieval world to the modern alive for students, said coordinator Jeryl Navone.

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