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Ch 11: The Reformation in Europe: Middle School World History Lesson Plans

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The Reformation in Europe chapter of this course is designed to help you plan and teach the students in your classroom about the beliefs, practices and ideas of Europeans during the Reformation. 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 in Europe 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.

Day Topics Key Terms and Concepts Covered
Monday The Catholic Church Before the Reformation: Beliefs and Practices;
Martin Luther, the 95 Theses and the Birth of the Protestant Reformation;
Desiderius Erasmus: Theological, Political and Economic Ideas
The power of the Roman Catholic Church, and the sacraments of healing and initiation;
Martin Luther and his stance against the Church's granting of indulgences;
The theological works of Erasmus
Tuesday William Tyndale: Theological, Political and Economic Ideas;
Religious Reform in Switzerland: Calvin and Zwingli's Teachings in the Reformation;
Catholics vs. Protestants in Europe and the New World
The life and contributions of English scholar William Tyndale, who translated the Bible;
The Protestant Reformation and its effects on the Catholic Church;
A look at how Catholicism and Protestantism prevailed in different regions of Europe
Wednesday The Council of Trent: The Catholic Church Survives the Reformation;
Life After the Reformation and Protestant Influence on Society
A look at the ecumenical councils and how they gathered to address the Catholic Church's concerns;
The effects of the Protestant Reformation on education, society and families
Thursday The Reformers and the Catholic Church: How Religious Beliefs Transformed During the Reformation;
The Counter-Reformation: How the Catholic Church Revived
The beliefs of the Protestants and how they differed from those of the Catholic Reformers;
Martin Luther's attempts to reform the Catholic Church
Friday Missionaries and the Spread of Christianity Across the World;
Jews and Muslims in Medieval Spain
An exploration of the activities of missionaries in Asia and the New World;
The conflict between Jews and Muslims, and the events of the Golden Age

12 Lessons in Chapter 11: The Reformation in Europe: Middle School World History Lesson Plans
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The Catholic Church Before the Reformation: Beliefs and Practices

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.

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

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.

Desiderius Erasmus: Theological, Political & Economic Ideas

3. Desiderius Erasmus: Theological, Political & Economic Ideas

In this lesson, we will learn about Desiderius Erasmus. We will explore who he was as a person, and we will highlight his major theological and intellectual contributions.

William Tyndale: Theological, Political & Economic Ideas

4. William Tyndale: Theological, Political & Economic Ideas

In this lesson, we will take a look at the life of William Tyndale. We will examine his ideas and contributions, and learn why he was an important figure in history.

Religious Reform in Switzerland: Calvin & Zwingli's Teachings in the Reformation

5. 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.

Catholics vs. Protestants in Europe and the New World

6. Catholics vs. Protestants in Europe and the New World

In this lesson, we will learn about how Catholicism and Protestantism influenced various regions of Europe and the New World. We will identify locations where Catholicism thrived, and those where Protestantism thrived, in addition to highlighting important themes.

The Council of Trent: The Catholic Church Survives the Reformation

7. 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.

Life After the Reformation & Protestant Influence on Society

8. 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.

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

9. 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.

The Counter-Reformation: How the Catholic Church Revived

10. 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.

Missionaries & the Spread of Christianity Across the World

11. Missionaries & the Spread of Christianity Across the World

In this lesson we will learn about missionary activity and the spread of Christianity during the late Medieval and early Modern Era. We will highlight key themes, and we will identify locations of missionary work.

Jews & Muslims in Medieval Spain

12. Jews & Muslims in Medieval Spain

In this lesson, we will examine Jewish-Muslim dynamics in Medieval Spain. Specifically, we will learn about the Golden Age of Cooperation between these two groups, and we will identify key themes and events.

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