How successful was the Elizabethan Church Settlement Act of 1559?

This great lesson is designed to help students assess how successful the Elizabethan Church Settlement Act of 1559 was at promoting peace and stability in England? This is potentially a difficult topic to teach, but these resources approach the topic in a fun and engaging way that is suitable for the full ability range. They also link up the religious changes from previous Tudor monarchs and will allow students to predict what problems would face the Stuarts.

When you purchase this resource you will be able to download a PowerPoint with thirteen slides. These include aims, objectives, differentiated outcomes, starters, plenaries, thinking skills activities, pictures, templates and information slides. When you deliver this lesson, you can choose from a selection of starters which include a snowballing starter of the key words or a thinking fork template on attitudes towards the death of Queen Mary. The next activity involves getting your students to draw a religious seesaw and then sorting various statements from the Elizabethan Church Settlement Act and deciding whether they would satisfy either Catholics or Protestants. Once complete, students can draw a line to decide which side the changes benefited the most. Later on in the course, you can refer back to this diagram whilst looking at either James or Charles I and draw links and conclusions as to how they were unpicking the compromise and laying the foundations for the English Civil War. The next activity gets students to sort through a series of cards to help them evaluate how successful the Elizabethan Church Act was at reducing religious tensions. For more detailed information, please refer to the detailed preview.

The aims and objectives of this lesson are:

Theme: What were the consequences of the break with Rome?
Know: What were the terms of the Church Settlement Act of 1559?
Understand: Who opposed the Elizabethan Church Settlement Act?
Evaluate: How successful was the Church Settlement Act at maintaining peace?

WILF - What Am I Looking For?
Identify and describe: What were the successes and failures?
Explain: Who opposed the Church Settlement Act and why?
Analyse: How far was the Church Settlement Act a success?

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Created: Oct 15, 2016

Updated: Aug 16, 2019


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