The following 3 worksheets (75 minute periods) are common core-based lessons focusing on the start of the Protestant Reformation, the spread of the Reformation and the Catholic Church's response to the Protestant Reformation. Purchase this bundle and save $2.00 (if you purchased all three separately). These lessons contain several student-centered activities designed to promote active engagement and critical thinking.
Protestant Reformation - Global/World History Common Core
• Do now reviewing prior knowledge and setting up the lesson
• Students are then given an official looking handout (attached and can be easily altered to fit your particular needs) telling them that they can now purchase points in their average. Sets up an excellent discussion on the fairness of this. It is then revealed that this is just like indulgences in the Middle Ages – Students typically go crazy during and after this activity.
• Secondary source readings with critical thinking and thought provoking questions.
• Primary source readings from the 95 Theses – students must translate and determine Luther’s beliefs.
• Multiple opportunities for class discussion.
Spread of the Protestant Reformation - Global/World History Common Core
• Do now – students pretend to be three different people and write their reactions to Luther’s ideas.
• Secondary source reading and questions about the reasons the reformation spread.
• Secondary and primary source readings about Henry VIII and John Calvin – many thought provoking questions and what would you do questions follow. – excellent opportunities for class discussion.
• Student generated thesis statements answering the following question, “Was it possible to stop the Reformation once it had started?” Perfect set up for the next lesson on the Catholic Reformation.
Counter Reformation - Catholic Church Response to Luther - Global Common Core
• Do now designed to review from the previous lesson as well as prepare students for the upcoming activities
• Cooperative learning activity – As representatives of the Catholic Church, students create a list of reforms that will attempt to regain lost followers as well as gain new followers. – Class discussion follows
• Secondary source reading on the Catholic Reformation
• Individually – students will grade the Catholic Reformation, explaining why, and in what ways could their grade be improved.
• Answer the aim.
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