Roots of the Scientific Revolution

Answer the following questions.

1. What does the picture show?

2. The word root can mean many things. One of the meanings of root is "the source, beginning, or origin of a thing." What are some roots in your life? Explain how those things have helped to make you the person you are today.

1. What is the purpose of a timeline?
2. How many years does this timeline cover?
3. Circle the background of each person listed on the timeline (country, religion).
4. What is one major topic/event that you recently learned about this is not on the timeline? Insert it on the timeline.
5. Based on the information on the timeline, create a title and write it above the timeline.
6. Based on the information in the timeline, what do you think the term Scientific Revolution means?
7. What is the purpose of this specific timeline?

“If I have seen further, it is by standing on the shoulders of giants.”

What does this mean?

What is the connection to the timeline?

Who do you think may have spoken the quote?

Roots of the Scientific Revolution

Directions: Read the following information and answer the questions.

You have taken science classes, read science books, and seen videos related to science, but do you know what the word “science” means? The word “science” comes from a Latin word which means knowledge, or understanding. For centuries people around the world have gained knowledge of the natural world. In the 16th and 17th centuries a new way of gaining knowledge of the natural world developed. This period is now known as the Scientific Revolution. The Scientific Revolution did not just fall out of the air; rather it was the result of scientific study made by scientists from numerous places over hundreds of years.

In your own words, what was the Scientific Revolution?

Where did the Scientific Revolution come from?

Through a long process and the efforts of hundreds of scientists in many places, a new way of understanding the natural world emerged. Superstition and tradition were replaced with an understanding of science that depended on data, or facts, and information that had been gained through observation and testing. In addition to this process, which is called the scientific method, scientists developed new understandings of things like gravity, and developed new tools like telescopes and thermometers. Science has never been the same.

In your opinion, what were the three most important items that led to the Scientific Revolution? List the item and one reason why that was an important root of the Scientific Revolution.

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Roots of the Scientific Revolution Writing Assignment

During the Scientific Revolution, new ideas transformed the way people understood the universe and the way it works. Scientists like Newton, Galileo, and Copernicus are often credited with discovering new scientific truths. However, Newton stated, “If I have seen further it is by standing on the shoulders of giants.” He understood that each new discovery was only made possible by the discoveries made before it.

Prompt: What were three important roots of the Scientific Revolution?

Task: Write a multi-paragraph response in which you:
1. Write an introduction that explains what the Scientific Revolution was and lists the three roots you will be writing about. Use Student Handout 3 to help decide what three groups/roots you will write about.
2. Write clear topic sentences that identify a specific root.
3. Provide details and evidence that show what each root contributed to the Scientific Revolution.
4. Include explanations of your details.
5. Present at least one solid reason why each root you describe was an important root, or cause, of the Scientific Revolution.
6. Write a conclusion in which you restate your main point. Identify which root you think was the most important overall, and explain why that root was the most important.

Use at least 8 of the following 12 terms correctly in your essay. Underline each term that you use.
scientist(s), scientific
roots, origins, or causes
improve, or progress
natural world
astronomy, astronomer