World History A


The Protestant Reformation is the name given to the religious reform movement that divided western Christianity into Catholic and Protestant groups. Martin Luther's bold attempts to reform the Church led to new forms of Christianity. Although Luther did not see himself as a rebel, the spread of Protestantism ignited decades of bloody religious conflict and ended a thousand years of domination by the Catholic Church.

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What will they want you to know next year?

  1. Explain the context in which the religious, political, and cultural developments of the 16th and 17th centuries took place.
  2. Explain how and why religious belief and practices changed from 1450 to 1648.
  3. Explain how matters of religion influenced and were influenced by political factors from 1450 to 1648.
  4. Explain the continuities and changes in the role of the Catholic Church from 1450 to 1648.
  5. Explain how economic and intellectual developments from 1450 to 1648 affected social norms and hierarchies.
  6. Explain how the religious, political, and cultural developments of the 16th and 17th centuries affected European society from 1450 to 1648.


Lesson 1: The Protestant Reformation

Prelude to Reformation
 Christian Humanism
 Need for Reform
Martin Luther
 The Ninety-five Theses
 A Break With the Church
 The Rise of Lutheranism
Politics in the German Reformation

Lesson 2: The Spread of Protestantism

Protestantism in Switzerland
Reformation in England
Catholic Reformation


Chapter Introduction
Chapter Reading Guide
Chapter Review Sheet
Chapter Study Guide
Chapter Place and Time –  largesmall
Primary Sources

Lessons in text-only form
  Lesson 16-1
  Lesson 16-2