Christian Church History: An Overview of Catholic & Protestant History & Faith

Grade Levels
7th - 12th
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33 pages
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Christian History

This unit is a comprehensive overview of Christian History to teach the key information from 2000 years of Church history and help them understand the Church of today.

This Unit Includes PDF & PowerPoint of…

•20 page student packet full of readings and activities to engage with the information

•Test Review Page & QuizizzLink for online review

•Test with 2 versions for easy differentiation

•Answer Keys for packet and tests

•Word Wall cards to accompany the 15 vocabulary words in the packet

The Packet Contains…

  • Church History Timeline
  • Vocabulary (Priest, Monk, Bishop, Cardinal, Pope, Doctrine, Theology, Catholic, Protestant, Reformation, Martyr, Council, Creed, Ordain, Theses
  • Vocabulary Review Worksheet
  • Before Jesus reading and graphic organizer to recall previous information
  • Jesus & the Apostles reading and map to recognize the impact of the apostles’ ministry
  • Jesus’ Followers reading and brainstorming activity on the titles of early Christians and the emergence of the word Catholic
  • Church Hierarchy & Holy Orders reading and graphic organizer on the hierarchy of the church and the duties of deacons, priests, bishops, cardinals, and popes
  • Age of Martyrs reading and reflection questions to learn about early martyrs such as Saint Perpetua, Saint Felicity, and Saint Sebastian.
  • Emperor Constantine reading and reflection questions about the legalization of Christianity.
  • Councils reading passage to introduce the Council of Nicea
  • Nicene Creed fill-in-the-blank worksheet
  • Nicene Creed worksheet where students analyze the meaning of the prayer and connect it to Catholic Doctrine and teachings
  • Sacred Scripture passage and activity where students learn about Saint Jerome’s Latin Vulgate and compare English and Latin bible verses
  • Review worksheet to reinforce information
  • Great Schism reading and activity to analyze the difference in the Nicene Creed between the faiths
  • Crusades reading and map to show students where people of different faiths live and what land was contested during the crusades
  • Religious Orders reading and an activity in which students read part of the Rule of Saint Benedict and react to each statement with an emoji
  • Universities, Theology, and Philosophy reading explaining the connection of religion and education and explaining the discoveries of Copernicus and Gregor Mendel
  • Protestant Reformation passage and image analyses where students make hypotheses about the parts of a printing press
  • Martin Luther reading and a summary activity so students think about the meaning of some of his theses
  • King Henry VIII passage about the creation of the Church of England
  • Council of Trent reading and table analyzing the difference between Catholic and Protestant beliefs
  • First and Second Vatican Council readings and reflection questions, as well as an image of the First Vatican Council to analyze the discuss
  • Recent Pope Readings about Pope John Paul II, Pope Benedict XVI, and Pope Francis
  • People Graphic Organizer to review the people in this unit
  • Review Worksheet over the Councils and people
Total Pages
33 pages
Answer Key
Teaching Duration
2 Weeks
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