Luther and the Protestant Reformation: Crash Course World History #218

King Henry VIII was the first European ruler to embrace Protestantism as the religion of his state—right? A crash Course World History video takes viewers through the influence of Martin Luther's 95 Theses in Europe, discussing the reaction of both the Catholic Church and the ruling monarchs in the Holy Roman Empire.

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CCSS: Adaptable
Instructional Ideas

  • Assign the video to learners in a flipped classroom setting; have them take notes for homework and come to class prepared to discuss what they viewed
  • Include in a unit on world religions or when discussing the spread of Protestantism in a European History class
Classroom Considerations

  • Makes a sly reference to cursing in the first minute
  • Most effective if learners have background knowledge of the Holy Roman Empire and the Protestant Reformation
  • Comment section is open to the public
Pros

  • A helpful resource for a historical view of Martin Luther, his life, and his views
  • Clarifies concepts about the history of Protestantism
  • Connects the Protestant Reformation to the Civil Rights Movement of the 1960's, making it relevant to learners' prior knowledge
  • Provides a relevant lesson plan and worksheet for classroom implementation
Cons

  • None