Ch 5: Wars of Religion: AP European History Lesson Plans

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The Wars of Religion chapter of this course is designed to help you plan and teach about religious conflicts during 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 Wars of Religion 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
MondayImpact of the Protestant Reformation on EuropePeasant warfare in German lands and religious-based warfare in Europe
TuesdayDutch War of Independence The 80-year Dutch rebellion against Spain and English-Spanish conflicts during the late 16th century; role of the Spanish Armada in the English-Spanish conflict
Wednesday The Thirty Years War Key causes and events of Central European conflicts between Catholics and Protestants
Thursday Peace of Augsburg and Westphalia Effect of the Thirty Years War on the Holy Roman Empire, conditions of peace and sovereignty of the German states
Friday The French Wars of ReligionCatholic-Huguenot conflicts and religious policies in France during the Reformation

6 Lessons in Chapter 5: Wars of Religion: AP European History Lesson Plans
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The Reformation's Impact on Germany: The Peasant Wars

1. The Reformation's Impact on Germany: The Peasant Wars

The Reformation was a time when Christianity was split into Catholicism and Protestantism. This lesson explores the major changes brought about by the Reformation in Germany in the 16th century.

Religious Warfare Across Europe During the Reformation

2. Religious Warfare Across Europe During the Reformation

This lesson will explain the different wars which waged across Europe during the Reformation. It will begin with the German Peasants' Revolt and continue through the 30 Years' War, ending with the Peace of Westphalia.

The 80 Years War and the Spanish Armada

3. The 80 Years War and the Spanish Armada

This lesson will explain the relationship between the 80 Years' War and the Spanish Armada. It will focus on the Netherlands' struggle for independence from Spain while also describing the role England played in the conflict.

Westphalia and Peace of Augsburg: States' Rise to Sovereignty and Decline of the Empire

4. Westphalia and Peace of Augsburg: States' Rise to Sovereignty and Decline of the Empire

This lesson focuses on the Holy Roman Empire during the Reformation. As it highlights the Peace of Augsburg and the Peace of Westphalia, it will illustrate the rise of state power, and the decline of the empire.

The 30 Years War: Catholics vs. Protestants

5. The 30 Years War: Catholics vs. Protestants

This lesson will explore the reasons for the 30 Years' War. It will highlight the different phases of the war while also explaining why most of Europe took up battle against the Holy Roman Empire and the Hapsburg Dynasty.

The French Wars of Religion: Catholics vs. the Huguenots

6. The French Wars of Religion: Catholics vs. the Huguenots

The Protestant Reformation was so popular and controversial in Europe that it sometimes led to war. This lesson explores the violent effect of the Reformation in France as war erupted between the Catholics and the Protestants.

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