During the past couple of weeks, our family studied the Reformation. We’ve been working through the worksheets and notebook pages on Martin Luther and the Reformation in general.
We had already spent a lot of time talking about the Popes (who were patrons of many of the famous Renaissance artists like Michelangelo and Raphael. (See more at this Renaissance post). And, we had already talked a little bit about the sale of indulgences (because Pope Leo X in particular was known for granting indulgences to help raise money for the reconstruction of St. Peter’s Basilica). Then we delved further into the life of Martin Luther and his impact on the world.
We read the sections in history book on Martin Luther and the Reformation. We’re using The Story of the Renaissance (affiliate link) as our spine for this unit. I also made a notebook page for the kids and they filled that out and added it to their history notebook.
We spent quite a bit of time talking about the role of not only Martin Luther, but also Pope Julius II & Pope Leo X (who became the Pope in 1515, two years before the 95 Theses) and Johann Tetzel (who came to Wittenberg to sell indulgences). We also talked about the 95 Theses. Contrary to popular belief, they were not nailed to the door of All Saints’ Church in Wittenberg, Luther passed around pages. That’s pretty interesting, right?
These notebook pages are included in our 90+ page European History 1500-1750 Packet on the Renaissance, Reformation, Age of Absolutism, Scientific Revolution and Enlightenment. See more details below!
Martin Luther – Reformation Notebook Pages and Lapbook Pieces
The kids filled out the first page. We went over the other information in this packet, read the section from The Story of the Renaissance (affiliate link), which we are using as our spine for this unit. The kids cut out the lapbook pieces, took notes, and glued them onto a blank page to add to their history notebook.
We watched the movie, Luther (affiliate link). It is a PG-13 film starring the actor Joseph Fiennes. It touches on most of the historical material we are covering for this part of our unit (Johann Tetzel’s sale of indulgences). There was a sub-story about a crippled little girl that was compelling (for my kids). They really loved the movie (and begged to continue watching each day!).
Another option is the PBS documentary Empires – Martin Luther (affiliate link). We didn’t watch this, but we *did* watch the Empires episodes on the Medici Family (affiliate link), which was really terrific. Again, as with any historical dramas/movies, I recommend you preview these to see if they are a good fit for your family. 🙂
European History Packet 1500-1750 Renaissance, Reformation, Age of Absolutism, Scientific Revolution, Enlightenment
What is in the European History Packet? You will find a detailed list of what is in this packet at this post: European History Packet
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You might be interested in our other Renaissance Post:
- Early Renaissance: The Medici Family and Renaissance Art Notebook Pages
- Renaissance Artist Worksheets on da Vinci, Michelangelo, Raphael and their Patrons
- Renaissance Worksheets – Holy Roman Empire, Albrecht Dürer
And you might want to visit the posts from our Middle Ages Unit (Some of these posts also include some free notebook pages):
- Vikings, Norse Myths and a Woodburning Craft
- Middle Ages: King Arthur, Charlemagne
- Middle Ages Unit: The Medieval Church and Monasteries Worksheets
- Feudalism in the Middle Ages Notebook Pages and Simulation
- Middle Ages Projects and Books
- Middle Ages – Notebook Pages on England and France (800-1200)
- The Crusades
- Middle Ages in the 1300s: Black Plague Simulation, Hundred Years’ War, Crusades
- Genghis Khan and Kublai Khan Free Notebook Pages
- Marco Polo – Notebook Pages, Books and Resources
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