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Ch 8: English History (1450-1700): AP European History Lesson Plans

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The English History (1450-1700) chapter of this course is designed to help you plan and teach about early English culture and politics in your classroom. The video lessons, quizzes and transcripts can easily be adapted to provide your lesson plans with engaging and dynamic educational content. Make planning your course easier by using our syllabus as a guide.

Weekly Syllabus

Below is a sample breakdown of the English History (1450-1700) chapter into a 5-day school week. Based on the pace of your course, you may need to adapt the lesson plan to fit your needs.

DayTopicsKey Terms and Concepts Covered
MondayThe War of the Roses14th-15th century struggle for the English throne and establishment of the Tudor dynasty
TuesdayHenry VIII and the English Reformation History of the Protestant Reformation in England, establishment of the Anglican Church and the six wives of Henry VIII
Wednesday The Golden Age of England Reign of Elizabeth I, including her relationship with Queen Mary of Scotland; the role of the Spanish Armada in the Anglo-Spanish War and the life and plays of William Shakespeare
Thursday England after Elizabeth I History of the Stuarts, including the reign of James I; founding of the Jamestown colony, the English Civil War and the Gunpowder Plot
Friday The Commercial Revolution and Glorious Revolution European exploration and colonization in the New World, overthrow of James II and the Acts of Constitutional Settlement

18 Lessons in Chapter 8: English History (1450-1700): AP European History Lesson Plans
England's Wars of the Roses

1. England's Wars of the Roses

This lesson will focus on England's Wars of the Roses. It will highlight the key figures from both the Houses of York and Lancaster. It will also identify the importance of the divine right of kings.

England and the Tudors at the End of the Wars of the Roses

2. England and the Tudors at the End of the Wars of the Roses

This lesson will focus on the Tudor Dynasty, which came to power after England's Wars of the Roses. It will focus on the contributions of the five Tudor monarchs in the areas of government, religion, economic and the arts.

The English Reformation: History and Timeline

3. The English Reformation: History and Timeline

In this lesson, we will examine the English Reformation of the 16th century. Using a timeline, we will explore its motivations, major leaders, and development.

The Six Wives of Henry VIII: Facts and History

4. The Six Wives of Henry VIII: Facts and History

There's an old rhyme to help you remember Henry VIII's wives: 'divorced, beheaded, died, divorced, beheaded, survived.' Follow along as this lesson covers King Henry VIII's quest to produce a male heir and the acts of succession that followed.

Henry VIII: The Anglican Church

5. Henry VIII: The Anglican Church

This lesson covers the various steps Henry VIII took in breaking away from the Roman Catholic Church. You'll learn how Henry managed to get what he wanted by going through legal means and playing off of others who also had problems with the Church.

Queen Mary and Queen Elizabeth: Catholic vs. Anglican

6. Queen Mary and Queen Elizabeth: Catholic vs. Anglican

This lesson will explain the conflict between Mary, Queen of Scots and Elizabeth I of England that eventually led to Mary's execution. It will also highlight the conflict between Catholicism and Protestant England.

Queen Elizabeth I and England's Golden Age

7. Queen Elizabeth I and England's Golden Age

This lesson will focus on the reign of Queen Elizabeth I of England, known as England's Golden Age. It will highlight England's advancements in economic growth, the sciences, the arts, and exploration under the lone rule of Elizabeth, the Virgin Queen.

The Spanish Armada: History and Major Battles

8. The Spanish Armada: History and Major Battles

In this lesson, we will study the famous Spanish Armada and its attempt to invade England in 1588. We will discuss the Armada's background, preparation, voyage, and ultimate fate.

Jamestown: Conflict in the New World

9. Jamestown: Conflict in the New World

This lesson focuses on the settlement of Jamestown and the conflicts that occurred between the native populations and the English settlers. While exploring this topic, it will highlight England's response to the troubles that plagued the settlement.

The Gunpowder Treason: England After Elizabeth I

10. The Gunpowder Treason: England After Elizabeth I

This lesson will explain the Gunpowder Treason of England. As it uncovers the details of this assassination plot, it will explain the part Elizabeth I and the other Tudor monarchs played in creating the resentment that brought it to life.

The English Civil War and Failure of Charles' Monarchy

11. The English Civil War and Failure of Charles' Monarchy

This lesson will explain the reign and execution of England's King Charles I. It will highlight the actions of Charles, along with his confrontations with Parliament, that led to the English Civil War.

The English Civil War and the Rise of Cromwell's Theocracy

12. The English Civil War and the Rise of Cromwell's Theocracy

This lesson will describe the events that led to the rise of Oliver Cromwell's theocracy. It will highlight the English Civil War, the execution of King Charles and the oppressive rule of Cromwell.

Introduction to Shakespeare: Life and Works

13. Introduction to Shakespeare: Life and Works

This video provides a crash course introduction to William Shakespeare's life, plays, and poetry. From 'Two Gentlemen of Verona' to 'The Tempest', we'll give you a timeline of his works and quick descriptions of what you need to know to identify them.

The Commercial Revolution: Economic Impact of Exploration and Colonization on Europe

14. The Commercial Revolution: Economic Impact of Exploration and Colonization on Europe

In this lesson, we'll discuss the Commercial Revolution sparked by Europe's interaction with the New World colonies. We'll learn about how mercantilism, banking and joint-stock companies transformed the economic face of the European continent.

The Stuart Period in England: Events and Timeline

15. The Stuart Period in England: Events and Timeline

In this lesson, we will meet the English kings and queens of the Stuart family who reigned from 1603 to 1714. We will also learn about a few of the major historical events that took place during this time.

Acts of the Constitutional Settlement in England

16. Acts of the Constitutional Settlement in England

In this lesson, we will explore England's constitutional settlement, which began after the Glorious Revolution of 1688. We will examine four acts that characterized this unique development in English history.

Glorious Revolution Lesson Plan

17. Glorious Revolution Lesson Plan

Using this lesson plan and materials from Study.com, you'll have all the tools you need to show your students just what made the Revolution of 1688 so glorious in the minds of Parliament.

The Glorious Revolution of 1688: Events and Significance

18. The Glorious Revolution of 1688: Events and Significance

In this lesson, we will examine the causes, events, and effects of England's Glorious Revolution of 1688, in which King James II was overthrown by William of Orange and his allies in the English Parliament.

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