Ch 12: The Rise of Christianity High School World History Lesson Plans

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The Rise of Christianity chapter of this course is designed to help you plan and teach the early days of the Christian faith 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 Rise of Christianity 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
Monday Jesus of NazarethLife and teachings of Jesus, events of his time in the Roman Empire
Tuesday Judaism and Christianity in the Roman Empire
Roman expulsion of Judaism
Roman rule in Judea and the opposition of some Jews;
Events that caused the Romans to force Jews out of Jerusalem
Wednesday Early Christianity in Rome
The ascent of Christianity
How Christianity spread in Rome despite persecution;
Constantine's conversion and Christianity as the state religion
ThursdayThe early church's ties to JudaismHow the church organized members, beliefs and Christian practices in the early years
FridayThe early Popes
The Byzantine Church
How the role of the Pope developed in the early days of the church;
Characteristics of the Byzantine Church, including ties with government

7 Lessons in Chapter 12: The Rise of Christianity High School World History Lesson Plans
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Jesus of Nazareth: Events, Life & Teachings

1. Jesus of Nazareth: Events, Life & Teachings

Jesus of Nazareth was an ancient Jewish preacher who posthumously became the central figure of Christianity. Explore Jesus' life, learn about his teachings, and discover the impact his death had on the world.

Roman Expulsion of Judaism: Factors, Background, & Events

2. Roman Expulsion of Judaism: Factors, Background, & Events

The Roman expulsion of Judaism occurred in 19 A.D. likely due to religious evangelism and civil unrest. Explore Judaism in Rome and the factors, background, and events involved in Judaism's first and second expulsion.

The Conversion of Constantine and the Ascent of Christianity

3. The Conversion of Constantine and the Ascent of Christianity

Constantine's conversion to Christianity was a historically defining moment that led to the rise of Christianity. Learn more about how the conversion influenced Constantine's reign, Christianity, the Nicaean Council and the Edict of Milan.

The Early Christian Church and Its Ties to Judaism

4. The Early Christian Church and Its Ties to Judaism

The early Christian Church had deep ties to Judaism. Discover the history of the early Christian Church, learn about the biblical authors, and delve into the relationship between Jesus and Christianity.

Growth of Early Christianity in Rome

5. Growth of Early Christianity in Rome

Early Christianity spread throughout Rome in unexpected ways, despite intense opposition. See how persecution and tolerance appeared to early Christians, and the growth into acceptance and popularity despite violent forces.

The Pope in Early Christianity

6. The Pope in Early Christianity

The Pope in early Christianity functioned much differently from the Pope we know and see today. Explore the early papacy, from the time of St. Peter in Rome to its first steps towards its preeminence after the conversion of Constantine.

The Byzantine Church: Characteristics, Empire & Icons

7. The Byzantine Church: Characteristics, Empire & Icons

There are different characteristics and icons within the Christian religion of the Roman Empire, with many differences between the Byzantine Church and its Western Church counterpart in Rome. Learn about the Byzantine Church and its background, and explore Byzantine Christianity, the council at Chalcedon, and the Great Schism of 1054.

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