Ch 3: Reformation Roots & Teachings: AP European History Lesson Plans

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The Reformation Roots and Teachings chapter of this course is designed to help you plan and teach the Protestant Reformation 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 Reformation Roots and Teachings 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
MondayDecline of Latin and rise of everyday languageChanges in the use of official church language by both high society and ordinary people, including its influence on the Reformation
TuesdayThe Catholic Church and Martin Luther Overview of Catholic beliefs and religious practices before the Reformation, life of Martin Luther and the 95 Theses
WednesdayRadical and other reformersAnabaptists, antitrinitarians, Calvinists and Swiss reformationists
ThursdayInfluence of the Protestant Reformation on artImpact of the Protestant Reformation on Albrecht Durer and other Northern European artists during the 16th and 17th centuries
FridayThe Catholic Church after the Reformation Differences between reformed and traditional Christians

7 Lessons in Chapter 3: Reformation Roots & Teachings: AP European History Lesson Plans
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The Rise of the Vernacular and the Decline of Latin

1. The Rise of the Vernacular and the Decline of Latin

This lesson explains how Latin was widespread in Europe during the Roman Empire as well as how vernacular languages slowly replaced it. It also reviews how the Romance languages developed.

The Catholic Church Before the Reformation: Beliefs and Practices

2. The Catholic Church Before the Reformation: Beliefs and Practices

In 1500 C.E. the Roman Catholic Church was a very powerful institution in the West. Watch this video to learn how the Church maintained its power by teaching that salvation could only be earned by those who received the sacraments and performed good works.

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.

Art in the Protestant Reformation: Albrecht Durer & Northern European Artists

4. Art in the Protestant Reformation: Albrecht Durer & Northern European Artists

The Protestant Reformation introduced some pretty substantial changes into European society. In this lesson, we'll be talking about some of the impacts it had on the art of Northern Europe.

Ulrich Zwingli and John Calvin: History, Importance & Impact

5. Ulrich Zwingli and John Calvin: History, Importance & Impact

In this lesson, we will meet two famous Reformation leaders, Ulrich Zwingli and John Calvin. We will examine their lives and their doctrines, and explore their impact on Christianity.

Radical Reformation: Anabaptists and Antitrinitarians

6. Radical Reformation: Anabaptists and Antitrinitarians

In this lesson, we will study a few of the Christian sects that took the Reformation to extremes. We will focus especially on the origins, development, and doctrines of the Anabaptists and Antitrinitarians.

The Reformers & the Catholic Church: How Religious Beliefs Transformed During the Reformation

7. The Reformers & the Catholic Church: How Religious Beliefs Transformed During the Reformation

The Protestant Reformation and Counter-Reformation challenged the beliefs of the Catholic Church. This lesson explores some of the differing beliefs among Protestant and Catholic reformers.

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