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 Reformation 1: The Beginning Even during the beginning of the Renaissance the Church remained an incredibly powerful force in Europe. Some though began to question some of it's actions. Could those voices bring change?Office 365 PPTGoogle Slides
 Reformation 2: LutherOne of the most vocal challengers was Martin Luther of Germany. His rise from nothing to key historical figure is an amazing story. Office 365 PPTGoogle Slides

Reformation Unit  Guide


1. Reformation Walkthru - Series of questions based on the graphics in Holt's Medieval to Early Modern Times.

2. Reformation Culture Shock - After opening with this short reading about Jan Hus students watch a short movie clip in a foreign language (I show Madagascar in French) then take a quiz on it to simulate the use of Latin in the Catholic Church. They are then given the opportunity to buy an A+ on the quiz to simulate indulgences. Other activities, time permitting, include listening to worship music from different churches and two Four-Quarter picture analyses.

3. Reformation Stations - 9 stations using mostly primary sources from the Reformation. Students in groups move around the room analyzing the documents and responding to questions.

4. Reformation Dossiers - A group lesson where students evaluate dossiers of six Renaissance figures (Luther, Tyndale, Hus, Henry VIII, Pope Leo X, and Torquemada) to determine which should be arrested. Works well as an introduction to the unit.nts

5. Reformation Quest for Knowledge - Series of questions based on the text in the Holt book modeled after the questions asked on the CST.

Media Guide
Name Type Description
Luther DVD Excellent biopic about Martin Luther. It is rated PG-13 for mild language and some scenes of violence. I don't show the whole movie but I show many segments of it. The scene showing Martin's first arriving in Rome and seeing the corruption of the priests is particularly powerful. Students love it.

The Secret Files of the Inquisition

DVD 2006 documentary detailing the scope, impact and techniques of the Inquisition. There are 4 episodes that each cover different periods of the Inquisition. I show parts of the episodes on the Spanish inquisition and the inquisition during the Renaissance. These probably could be used as full episodes. The information is solid and they are entertaining enough to hold interest.

Christopher Columbus: The Discovery

VHS While I don't like recommending anything on VHS this movie has a couple fantastic scenes that are well worth showing. There is a scene where Columbus is taken to the Inquisition and another where the Jewish expulsion in Spain is announced (and later carried out). I've never seen another movie even mention the expulsion let alone put some emotion behind it.

God's Outlaw: William Tynsdale

DVD Good if only for the opening scene where a young girl is reprimanded for saying the Lord's Prayer in English instead of Latin. It is a fairly good movie otherwise as well but being made in the 80s probably makes it too dated for today's students.

R.E.M. - "Losing My Religion"

CD "That's me in the corner losing my religion, that's me in the corner, choosing my confession." Great song to use for any number of Reformation figures.
Empires: Martin Luther DVD Incredibly good information source for teachers... not so much for kids. It is rather dryly presented. I use only one short clip from this and really it isn't necessary at all. Still, I watch it yearly to refresh my own mind.

David Bowie - "Changes"

CD I use the chorus of this song in a few places throughout the year including the title slide of my Reformation notes.

Lesson Plan Guide

I. The Christian Church

a. Provides a brief history of Christianity. I go out of my way in this section to explain the concept of religious denominations. My students rarely understand that a Catholic is a Christian. This opening section is design to help cover that. It helps, but it is still a fight to get them to accept it.

b. Reformation Culture Shock

II. Problems in the Church

a. Explores the 3 major problems in the Catholic church prior to the Reformation (money, corruption, and discrimination). The Inquisition is introduced here but not heavily covered.

b.Reformation Chapter Walk

III. Martin Luther and the Reformation

a. Stories need characters. Luther, no doubt, was a character and therefore this section focuses on him. It uses multiple clips from the movie "Luther" to help tell the story. This section also includes the Counterreformation and the birth of the Jesuits.

b. Reformation Stations - This lab consists of 9 stations of random little details about the Reformation. There's a couple of Luther's political cartoons, a couple Bible passages, a diarty entry from an Inquisitor, and a portion of the Latin Mass. Each has different activities (most short answer questions) to go along with a visual.