A great way to start the Renaissance Unit is to ask students if they've discovered old styles from the past and have tried to bring them back. Case in point, these interesting styles from the 90's... While we hoped the culottes and acid washed denim were buried in our past, it appears our youth has resurrected them through some 90's inspired Renaissance.
Then, using this brief power point, transition into an overview of what the Renaissance was all about and point out how different it was from the medieval period they just studied.
Alia Klein, "First Came Medieval, then Came Renaissance" June 2003. PowerPoint presentation.