About This Chapter
Who's it for?
This unit of our Middle School World History Homeschool Curriculum course will benefit any student who is trying to learn about the Reformation in Europe. 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 the state of the Catholic Church and Europe both before and after the Protestant Reformation.
- 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 in Europe unit exam confirm understanding or identify any topics that require review.
Protestant Reformation Unit Objectives:
- Understand Catholic beliefs and traditions prior to the Reformation.
- Learn about the major ideas behind Martin Luther's 95 Theses.
- Summarize the economic, political and religious ideas of Desiderius Erasmus and William Tyndale.
- Discuss the ideas of Calvin and Zwingli and religious reforms in Switzerland.
- Explore Catholic-Protestant conflicts in the New World.
- Discuss the roles of the Council of Trent, the Jesuits and St. Ignatius of Loyola in the Counter-Reformation.
- Study Jewish-Muslim achievements during medieval Spain's Golden Age.
1. 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.
2. 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.
3. Religious Reform in Switzerland: Calvin & Zwingli's Teachings in the Reformation
The Protestant Reformation resulted in many people splitting from the Catholic Church. This lesson explores the effect of the Reformation in Switzerland under the leadership of Zwingli and Calvin.
4. The Council of Trent: The Catholic Church Survives the Reformation
The Protestant Reformation was a movement of Christians who disagreed with some of the teachings and actions of the Catholic Church. This article explores the effect of the Reformation on the Church.
5. Life After the Reformation & Protestant Influence on Society
The Protestant Reformation was a huge movement that led to many Christians splitting from the Catholic Church. This lesson explores the after effects on families, education and social life.
6. 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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