Spanish Inquisition Lesson Plan

Instructor: Artem Cheprasov

Artem has a doctor of veterinary medicine degree.

This lesson plan uses discussion questions and topics as well as a quiz and an activity to teach students about the Spanish Inquisition, where it occurred, and how it unfolded.

Learning Objectives

Once students have finished this lesson, they should be able to:

  • understand what may have led to the Spanish Inquisition
  • discuss how the Spanish Inquisition may not have truly been about religion
  • identify the key religious and political players involved in the Spanish Inquisition
  • name and describe some of the ways people were tortured during the Spanish Inquisition


60-90 minutes

Curriculum Standards

  • 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.

  • CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RI.9-10.7

Analyze various accounts of a subject told in different mediums (e.g., a person's life story in both print and multimedia), determining which details are emphasized in each account.

  • CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RH.9-10.2

Determine the central ideas or information of a primary or secondary source; provide an accurate summary of how key events or ideas develop over the course of the text.

Key Vocabulary

  • Reconquista
  • Inquisition
  • Andalusia
  • Conversos
  • Moriscos
  • Spanish Inquisition
  • Tomas de Torquemada
  • Tribunals
  • Heretics
  • Auto-da-fe
  • Strappado
  • Rack

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