Reformation: Why was there religious conflict in the 16th Century?
This great resource has been tried and tested over 25 years and looks at the causes and results of the Protestant Reformation. However, before you look away, this resource is designed to suit the full range of learning abilities that you would find in a main stream school. Some of you may even recognise parts of this resource from an older version, which I have now updated, from, that was downloaded over 400,000 times. This is a must have resource!

The PowerPoint includes 5 activities. The first activity is a snowballing starter using all the key words in the lesson. The second activity gets students to annotate / label a medieval painting of purgatory. This will hopefully lead to a class discussion on ideas about Heaven and Hell. The third activity is to update and correct their labelling with purple pen. There then follows a series of slides and links to video clips explaining medieval ideas on relics, indulgences (Pardons) and Martin Luther's role in challenging them. This is all done simply at a level that main stream students can understand.

The fourth activity, gets students to design their own Wittenberg Poster using Martin Luther's ideas. This can be completed and aged for homework using tea bags or coffee and makes an excellent classroom display. 1000s of my students have completed this task and loved it!

The final activity, which might take a second lesson, gets students to compare and contrast the similarities and differences between a Catholic and a Protestant Church.

All the templates are included at the end of the PowerPoint.

The aims and objectives for this outstanding lesson are:

Theme: Why did Britain ‘break’ with Rome?
Know: Who was Martin Luther and why did he disagree with the Pope?
Understand: What are the differences between a Protestant & Catholic?
Evaluate: Why was there religious conflict in the 16th Century?
Skills: Cause, Consequence, Change & Continuity.

WILF - What Am I Looking For?
Identify and describe: the differences between a Protestant and a Catholic Church?
Explain: Why martin Luther protested against the Catholic Church?
Analyse: Why was there Religious Conflict in the 16th Century?

Anyway, have fun completing this lesson with your students. Its simple, fun and easy to edit to suit your own students. If you like this resource you will absolute love my lesson on the Martyrs - history with the best bits left in!

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