Lesson Plan

The Beginning of the End: Causes Leading Up To The Protestant Reformation

An overview of the events and other causes that led to the Protestant Reformation
Daniel T.
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Objectives

Students will be able to to list and explain the causes that led to the Protestant Reformation at the end of the lesson by completing an exit card. 

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Social Studies
Grades 7
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Teacher Notes
Student Notes

1 Engage

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Teacher begins lesson by doing a quick review of a few units prior - the far-reaching powers of the Roman Catholic Church in Medieval Europe, and their strong influence on the government.  

The teacher will introduce the unit by saying that it outlines the downfall of the Roman Catholic Church's powers by way of influential leaders and protestors called Reformers.

Student Instructions

Students will begin by writing down lesson objectives into their agenda, pulling out iPads to follow along their Nearpod presentation.

2 Explore

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Nearpod at Teacher's pace. Teacher will go to Slide 1 (regarding the Pope's controversial move to  Avignon, France). Teacher will instruct students to read slide 1 with their table partners and answer the questions on slide. Teacher will walk around and make sure students are on task, answer questions if needed. Cold call check for understanding after 3 minutes. Elaborate on Slide 1. (Repeat for Slide 2, regarding the Great Schism and how it weakened the Roman Catholic Church)

Student Instructions

Students will work in pairs with their table partner. Read Slide 1 in Nearpod, discuss with partner, and answer question(s) projected on the screen based on readings. Students will participate in Cold Call discussion based on Slide 1. (Repeat for Paragraph 2). Cold Call Questions: (Why was moving the head of the church to Avignon, France controversial?, Where were the two heads of the Church located after the Great Schism?, How did the Great Schism weaken the church?)

3 Explain

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Teacher will move on to Slide 3 (regarding Reformers and some things they spoke out against). Teacher will instruct students to read and discuss main ideas with their partner. Teacher will instruct students to summarize main ideas in their notebooks. Teacher will walk around and make sure students are on task, answer questions if needed. Cold call check for understanding after 4 minutes. 

Student Instructions

Students will have 4 minutes to read Slides 3. After each slide, students may discuss with their desk partners, and then they will summarize the main ideas of the slides in their notebooks. Students will participate in Cold Call checking for understandings. (Questions: What did the Reformers do?, Name one specific thing that the Reformers spoke out against?)

4 Elaborate

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Teacher will move on to Slide 4 (regarding indulgences). Teacher will instruct students to read and discuss main ideas with their partner. Teacher will instruct students to summarize main ideas in their notebooks. Teacher will walk around and make sure students are on task, answer questions if needed. Cold call check for understanding after 4 minutes. 

Student Instructions

Students will have 4 minutes to read Slides 4. After each slide, students may discuss with their desk partners, and then they will summarize the main ideas of the slides in their notebooks. Students will participate in Cold Call checking for understandings.Questions: (What are indulgences? Why do you think the Reformers spoke out against indulgences?)

5 Evaluate

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Teacher will give instructions for the exit card and free write, and will pass out note cards. Teacher will collect exit cards as students leave the classroom.

Student Instructions

Students will have 6 minutes to complete exit card (2 minutes) and free write (4 minutes). For the exit card, students will list at least 3 major causes for the Protestant Reformation. For the free write, students will brainstorm and answer the question Why did the Reformers speak out against indulgences?.  Students will turn them in as the leave the classroom.