Ch 3: Reformation Roots & Teachings: Homeschool Curriculum

About This Chapter

The Reformation Roots and Teachings unit of this AP European History Homeschool Curriculum course is designed to help homeschooled students learn about the Protestant Reformation. Parents can use the short videos to introduce topics, break up lessons and keep students engaged.

Who's it for?

This unit of our AP European History Homeschool course will benefit any student who is trying to learn about Reformation roots and teachings. There is no faster or easier way to learn about the Protestant Reformation. Among those who would benefit are:

  • Students who require an efficient, self-paced course of study to learn about Martin Luther, his 95 Theses and the birth of Protestantism.
  • Homeschool parents looking to spend less time preparing lessons and more time teaching.
  • Homeschool parents who need a history curriculum that appeals to multiple learning types (visual or auditory).
  • Gifted students and students with learning differences.

How it works:

  • Students watch a short, fun video lesson that covers a specific unit topic.
  • Students and parents can refer to the video transcripts to reinforce learning.
  • Short quizzes and a Reformation Roots and Teachings unit exam confirm understanding or identify any topics that require review.

Reformation Roots and Teachings Unit Objectives:

  • Review the beliefs and traditions of the Catholic Church prior to the Protestant Reformation.
  • Study the life of Martin Luther and the major ideas found in his 95 Theses.
  • Learn about the Anabaptists and Antitrinitarians associated with the Radical Reformation.
  • Discuss the influence of French theologian, John Calvin, and Swiss reformer, Huldrych Zwingli.
  • Understand how the Protestant Reformation affected the Catholic Church and religious beliefs.

7 Lessons in Chapter 3: Reformation Roots & Teachings: Homeschool Curriculum
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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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