Ch 10: Reformation Lesson Plans & Resources

About This Chapter

Build lessons on the Reformation using the outlines and materials in this chapter. You can use these lesson plan resources to help your students understand the impact of this movement and the role of Martin Luther.

Reformation Lesson Plans & Resources - Chapter Summary

Create interesting lessons on Martin Luther, his 95 Theses and the birth of the Protestant Reformation using the lessons and lesson plans in this chapter. This material can help you create assignments, stimulate class discussion, create syllabi and much more. The chapter offers lesson plans and related materials on:

  • The life and role of Martin Luther
  • How the Protestant Reformation began and spread across Europe
  • Luther's 95 Theses
  • Beliefs of John Calvin
  • Henry VIII, his wives and his relationship with the Anglican Church
  • The Golden Age of Queen Elizabeth I
  • The English Reformation and Counter-Reformation

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  • Meets education standards: Ensures your lessons on the Reformation are consistent with current education standards.
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This helpful resource offers teachers lesson plan outlines with relevant tools to make planning lessons on the Reformation easy.

  • Find lesson plans for specific topics related to the Reformation that you want to cover in class.
  • Formulate your class outline on the Reformation using the suggested classroom tools offered in the lesson plans.
  • Share the related lessons for each lesson plan with students in class to make learning about the Reformation fun and engaging.
  • Use related lesson quizzes to ensure your students understand the most important concepts from these lessons on the Reformation.
  • Engage your students with relevant activities, discussion questions or other materials related to the Reformation found in the lesson plan outline.

37 Lessons in Chapter 10: Reformation Lesson Plans & Resources
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Martin Luther Lesson Plan

1. Martin Luther Lesson Plan

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.

95 Theses Lesson Plan

2. 95 Theses Lesson Plan

This lesson plan will assist in your instruction about Martin Luther's '95 Theses.' A video lesson will explain the key components found in the theses as students discuss content before they are challenged to translate the theses to modern language and life.

Martin Luther, the 95 Theses and the Birth of the Protestant Reformation

3. Martin Luther, the 95 Theses and the Birth of the Protestant Reformation

This lesson covers the start of the Protestant Reformation. It begins by comparing the vast array and peacefulness of Christian denominations in modern days to the limited choices and violence of the past. Then it goes into the story of Martin Luther, from his 95 Theses through the Diet of Worms up to the beginning of the German Peasant Revolt.

Protestant Reformation Lesson Plan

4. Protestant Reformation Lesson Plan

Use this lesson plan to teach students what the Protestant Reformation was, how it began, and how it spread across Europe. Students will start by watching an engaging video lesson, then discuss key concepts before completing an activity.

The Spread of the Protestant Reformation Across Europe

5. The Spread of the Protestant Reformation Across Europe

In the 16th century, Martin Luther inspired people to believe that the Catholic Church shouldn't hold authority over laypeople. This lesson explores the spread of these Protestant ideas throughout Europe.

John Calvin Lesson Plan

6. John Calvin Lesson Plan

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.

John Calvin: Religion, Beliefs & Quotes

7. John Calvin: Religion, Beliefs & Quotes

In this lesson, we will learn about an influential Protestant theologian: John Calvin. We will learn who he was and why he is important. We will also discuss the system of belief he developed, often called 'Calvinism.' Finally, we will see some quotes from John Calvin.

Counter-Reformation Lesson Plan

8. Counter-Reformation Lesson Plan

Use this lesson plan to teach students about the Counter-Reformation. A video lesson at the center of this lesson gives students an overview of the history of the Reformation and the Catholic Church's response. Discussion questions and a quiz help guide learning and an activity makes concepts stick.

The Counter-Reformation: How the Catholic Church Revived

9. The Counter-Reformation: How the Catholic Church Revived

In this lesson, we will learn about the Counter-Reformation. We will learn how the Catholic Church responded to the Protestant Reformation, and we will explore the major themes involved.

Henry VIII Lesson Plan

10. Henry VIII Lesson Plan

The life and reign of Henry VIII is filled with triumph and tragedy. This lesson plan uses two comprehensive video lessons designed to provide a summary of his life and work for students. An activity connects students with the aftermath of Henry VIII's reign.

Henry VIII: The Anglican Church

11. 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.

The Six Wives of Henry VIII: Facts and History

12. 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.

Queen Elizabeth I Lesson Plan

13. Queen Elizabeth I Lesson Plan

What mark did Queen Elizabeth I leave on England and the world? This lesson plan uses an engaging video lesson to explain key facts about Elizabeth I's life. A small group activity takes students deeper into the accomplishments of this Queen.

Queen Elizabeth I and England's Golden Age

14. 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.

English Reformation Lesson Plan

15. English Reformation Lesson Plan

This lesson plan gives you several ideas regarding discussion topics and questions, as well as a quiz and an activity to help students learn about the English Reformation.

The English Reformation: History and Timeline

16. 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 Union of the Crowns Lesson Plan

17. The Union of the Crowns Lesson Plan

Use this lesson plan to teach your students about the unification of Great Britain. Students will read a text lesson that explains what the United Kingdom is and how it became united. Discuss content, apply in hands-on, interactive ways and take a quiz to test understanding.

The Union of the Crowns Between Scotland & England

18. The Union of the Crowns Between Scotland & England

Scotland and England are politically unified today, but there was a long history that went into this including, the story of James VI's, King of Scots ascension to the throne to become the King of England, Scotland, and Ireland in 1603. In this lesson, we'll look at one of the most pivotal moments in the unification of Great Britain and see how it impacted both Scottish and English history.

Thirty Years' War Lesson Plan

19. Thirty Years' War Lesson Plan

Teach your students about the Thirty Years' War with this lesson plan. Students will watch a video lesson that outlines the causes of the war, the countries involved and the results. Higher-order thinking questions and activities are used to increase understanding and an informal assessment lets you check in on comprehension.

The Thirty Years' War & the Peace of Westphalia: Summary & Significance

20. The Thirty Years' War & the Peace of Westphalia: Summary & Significance

In this lesson we explore the Thirty Years' War and the subsequent Peace of Westphalia. The continental conflict arose out of political and religious issues in the Holy Roman Empire and Europe as a whole, and its conclusion in 1648 changed the face of European politics.

Guy Fawkes Activities & Games

21. Guy Fawkes Activities & Games

This lesson helps students learn about Guy Fawkes through hands-on, interactive learning activities for whole and small groups. These activities and games are best used in middle school and above.

Guy Fawkes Activities & Games for Kids

22. Guy Fawkes Activities & Games for Kids

Depending on who you ask, Guy Fawkes was a martyr or a rebel. Students will learn more about Guy Fawkes in these activities while enhancing their conflict resolution and geography skills.

Guy Fawkes Art Activities

23. Guy Fawkes Art Activities

Guy Fawkes was an organizing member of the failed Gunpowder Plot. Help your students learn about this historical figure through a variety of art activities.

Teaching Children About Guy Fawkes

24. Teaching Children About Guy Fawkes

The story of Guy Fawkes involves issues that may seem complicated to kids. Read on to find some tips and strategies for teaching children about this important historical figure.

Gunpowder Plot Activities & Games

25. Gunpowder Plot Activities & Games

Learning about history can be fascinating, especially if the learning involves hands-on activities. This lesson includes Gunpowder Plot activities and games teachers can use in class.

The Rye House Plot Activities

26. The Rye House Plot Activities

While students may find history boring or dull, the Rye House plot plays out like a suspenseful novel. Students will enjoy these fun and engaging activities as they learn more about the plot.

Jack Cade Activities

27. Jack Cade Activities

Jack Cade, the leader of a revolt against the English government, was fighting against corruption and abuse of power in the 1400s. Use these activities to help your students learn about this historic figure and the rebellion he spearheaded.

Titus Oates Activities

28. Titus Oates Activities

We've all had an imaginary friend at some point. In 'The White Darkness,' Titus Oates represents Sym's imaginary friend. This lesson provides activities to help students identify the importance of Titus in the story line.

Popish Plot Activities

29. Popish Plot Activities

As your students begin a unit on English history, they may be interested to learn about the Popish Plot, a conspiracy theory that resulted in many executions. Use these activities to help your students learn about the event.

Wat Tyler Activities

30. Wat Tyler Activities

All revolutions need a leader and Wat Tyler tried to fill that role in the Peasant's Revolt of the 1300s, although his leadership was short-lived. Help your students learn about this historical figure in the following classroom activities.

Babington Plot Activities

31. Babington Plot Activities

In 1586, tensions between the Catholics and Protestants in England had reached treasonous levels. A plan to assassinate Queen Elizabeth I, called the Babington Plot, developed amongst a group of Catholics. Use the following activities to help your students learn about the Babington Plot.

Thomas Wintour Activities

32. Thomas Wintour Activities

Thomas Wintour was a member of the Gunpowder Plot, which was a conspiracy to assassinate the king of England. The plot failed, but it nonetheless remains an important point in English history. Use the following activities to help your students learn more.

Gunpowder Plot Essay Topics

33. Gunpowder Plot Essay Topics

As you teach your students about the failed assassination of King James I of England and VI of Scotland, you may consider assigning an essay. This lesson includes prompts that you can use during this unit for your class.

Guy Fawkes Lesson Plan

34. Guy Fawkes Lesson Plan

In this lesson plan, students learn about the Gunpowder Plot and Guy Fawkes. They will then join in a classroom-appropriate celebration of the traditional English holiday, Guy Fawkes Night.

Who Was Guy Fawkes? - History of the Gunpowder Plot & Concept

35. Who Was Guy Fawkes? - History of the Gunpowder Plot & Concept

On November 5, 1605, a man named Guy Fawkes was arrested in the cellars beneath the British Parliament. Fawkes supposedly was one of 13 people who were conspiring in the Gunpowder Plot to blow up the Parliament and the King, hoping to throw England into so much turmoil that when the new king ascended the throne he would return England to its Catholic past.

The Reformation Across Europe Activities for High School History

36. The Reformation Across Europe Activities for High School History

What exactly happened during the Reformation that still has ramifications today? Help your students answer this question and others in this collection of activities to help your students explore the Reformation.

The Catholic Reformation Lesson Plan

37. The Catholic Reformation Lesson Plan

The Counter-Reformation helped the Catholic Church survive the Reformation. With this lesson plan, your students will examine this history and will see how the Church used art as part of its program to stay in power.

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