Comparing the Beliefs of Catholics and Protestants

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5th - 10th
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Reformation: Comparing the Beliefs of Catholics and Protestants

This simple worksheet includes a one page reading that compares the basic beliefs of Roman Catholics and Protestants in terms of purgatory, communion, salvation etc. Students then complete a conversation between a Protestant monk and Roman Catholic in which the two discuss their beliefs.

This is an excellent activity for students to understand the basic differences for what many students today see as all Christians. I use this activity while covering the Protestant Reformation and Martin Luther's views. Since students are free to interpret their own answers for each, an answer key is not included. However, each answer can be obtained easily from the reading.

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Total Pages
2 pages
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Teaching Duration
40 minutes
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to see state-specific standards (only available in the US).
Cite specific textual evidence to support analysis of primary and secondary sources.
Determine the central ideas or information of a primary or secondary source; provide an accurate summary of the source distinct from prior knowledge or opinions.
Determine the meaning of words and phrases as they are used in a text, including vocabulary specific to domains related to history/social studies.
Integrate visual information (e.g., in charts, graphs, photographs, videos, or maps) with other information in print and digital texts.


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