Introduce the concept of the Reformation as part
of the Renaissance.
Divide the students into groups of two or three.
Assign one of the following topics to each group
and have them take about 15 minutes to use their
textbook or the Internet to find three facts about
a. Martin Luther
b. John Calvin
c. Definition of the Reformation
d. Roman Catholic Church
e. Definition of the Renaissance
f. Joan of Arc
g. Henry VIII
h. Invention of the printing press
i. St. Francis of Assisi
Have students write their findings on chart paper,
on the board or on cellophane paper for the overhead
projector. Each group should discuss the importance
of its topic.
Let one person from each group go over the facts
that the group found.
Distribute the handout The Reformation to each
Give some brief information about the Reformation
and explain to the students the directions for completing
Students should be able to make connections between
the scenario and the causes of the Reformation.
They could point out similarities and difference
and then give their reaction.
Have a discussion of the responses to each scenario.
Of course the answers will vary from group to group,
but there will more than likely be some consensus
about meaning of the scenario.
An alternate approach is to cut the scenarios apart
and have the groups present their scenario and the
conclusion that they made to the rest of the class.
Extra Credit: There is a quote
at the bottom of the worksheet. Have the students
write what they believe the quotation means. Once
again, there will be a variety of interpretations.
Help them understand that one person can have a
great impact on what others believe and in the way
that they act.