Martin Luther Lesson Plan

Instructor: Sharon Linde

Sharon has a Masters of Science in Mathematics

Use this lesson plan to help you teach your students who Martin Luther was and why he wrote the 95 Theses. Students will watch our video lesson discussing religious tolerance across time, how Luther challenged the church, and the church's response. Finish with a fun activity.

Learning Objectives

After this lesson, students will be able to:

  • compare and contrast religious tolerance in modern churches with that of early Christian churches
  • explain Luther and his 95 Theses
  • discuss the church's reaction to Luther and the Protestant Reformation


1 hour


  • Copies of the lesson quiz, one for each student
  • Access to the internet for research

Key Vocabulary

  • Denomination
  • Indulgence
  • 95 Theses
  • Protestant Reformation
  • Excommunication
  • Diet of Worms
  • Zwickau Prophets
  • Peasant's Revolt

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.

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