John Calvin Lesson Plan

Instructor: Sharon Linde

Sharon has a Masters of Science in Mathematics

This lesson plan provides a simple outline for you to use when teaching your students about John Calvin. Start off by having students watch a video packed with information on Calvin. Discuss content throughout, quiz student knowledge, then have them do a fun activity.

Learning Objectives

After this lesson, students will be able to:

  • answer the question 'Who was John Calvin?'
  • explain Calvin's religious beliefs and teachings
  • discuss quotes by Calvin


1 to 1.5 hours


  • Copies of the lesson quiz, one for each student
  • Slips of paper labeled 'chosen' and 'not chosen' sealed in individual envelopes, one for each student

Key Vocabulary

  • John Calvin
  • T.U.L.I.P.
  • The Institutes of the Christian Religion

Curriculum Standards

  • CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RH.9-10.3

Analyze in detail a series of events described in a text; determine whether earlier events caused later ones or simply preceded them.

  • CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RH.9-10.4

Determine the meaning of words and phrases as they are used in a text, including vocabulary describing political, social, or economic aspects of history/social science.

  • CCSS.ELA-Literacy.SL.9-10.1

Initiate and participate effectively in a range of collaborative discussions (one-on-one, in groups, and teacher-led) with diverse partners on grades 9-10 topics, texts, and issues, building on others' ideas and expressing their own clearly and persuasively.

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