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Ch 12: The Rise of Christianity High School World History Lesson Plans

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The Rise of Christianity chapter of this course is designed to help you plan and teach the early days of the Christian faith 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 Rise of Christianity 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
Monday Jesus of NazarethLife and teachings of Jesus, events of his time in the Roman Empire
Tuesday Judaism and Christianity in the Roman Empire
Roman expulsion of Judaism
Roman rule in Judea and the opposition of some Jews;
Events that caused the Romans to force Jews out of Jerusalem
Wednesday Early Christianity in Rome
The ascent of Christianity
How Christianity spread in Rome despite persecution;
Constantine's conversion and Christianity as the state religion
ThursdayThe early church's ties to JudaismHow the church organized members, beliefs and Christian practices in the early years
FridayThe early Popes
The Byzantine Church
How the role of the Pope developed in the early days of the church;
Characteristics of the Byzantine Church, including ties with government

7 Lessons in Chapter 12: The Rise of Christianity High School World History Lesson Plans
Jesus of Nazareth: Events, Life & Teachings

1. Jesus of Nazareth: Events, Life & Teachings

In this lesson, we explore the life and teachings of Jesus of Nazareth, explain a few of the problems with arriving at a clear picture of Jesus, and discuss the facts as we know them.

Roman Expulsion of Judaism: Factors, Background, & Events

2. Roman Expulsion of Judaism: Factors, Background, & Events

In this lesson, we explore what life was like for Jews during the early era of the Roman Empire, leading up to the first century expulsion of the Jews from Rome.

The Conversion of Constantine and the Ascent of Christianity

3. The Conversion of Constantine and the Ascent of Christianity

This lesson will explain the conversion of Constantine and the ascent of Christianity. In doing this, it will highlight the Edict of Milan and the famous Council of Nicaea.

The Early Christian Church and Its Ties to Judaism

4. The Early Christian Church and Its Ties to Judaism

This lesson will explore the early Christian Church and its close connection to Judaism. It will highlight the similarities of these two faiths in reference to the Holy Scriptures while also exploring their disagreement over the person of Jesus Christ.

Growth of Early Christianity in Rome

5. Growth of Early Christianity in Rome

In this lesson, we explore the experiences of early Christians under the Roman Empire, from their early periods of toleration and persecution to the conversion of Emperor Constantine.

The Pope in Early Christianity

6. The Pope in Early Christianity

In this lesson, we explore the gradual transformation of the early Christian church in Rome, and specifically its bishop, into the incredibly powerful papacy of today.

The Byzantine Church: Characteristics, Empire & Icons

7. The Byzantine Church: Characteristics, Empire & Icons

In this lesson, we explore the Christian Church in the Byzantine Empire, and the history of the issues the bishop in Constantinople had with other Christian bishops, especially in Rome.

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