Students will begin this week-long lesson by reading about Martin Luther and answering comprehension questions about his beliefs, motives, and legacy. A checkpoint quiz with differentiated extension questions goes along with this part of the lesson.
Students will then take notes on Lutheranism, Calvinism, and the Catholic Counter Reformation before examining the similarities and differences among the different religions in Venn diagrams (basic and advanced versions of this activity are available).
Students will read about the English Reformation, rewriting the information in their own words. A mapping activity that has students examine the spread of the Reformation and the growth of various Protestant religions acts as a culminating activity for the Reformation mini-unit.
This mini-unit also includes teacher directions and journal questions.