Many people around the world are celebrating the 500th anniversary of the Protestant Reformation. If you plan to talk about Martin Luther and the Reformation this week, you might want to download our Reformation notebook pages and lapbook. They are currently FREE!
It was October 1517 that Martin Luther wrote his 95 Theses (or complaints) to his bishop. According to one account, Luther nailed his Ninety-five Theses to the door of All Saints’ Church in Wittenberg, Germany on 31 October 1517. This is contended by some scholars, but what is clear is that these Theses were distributed fairly quickly throughout Germany and with a couple of months through all of Europe (because of the printing press). As a result the Catholic Church was split and Protestant Christianity began.
Martin Luther is widely acknowledged to have started the Reformation with the Ninety-five Theses.
If you are interested in talking about this with your kids this week, you might want to download our notebook pages and lapbook. It includes the answer key as well.
This will be a part of our Renaissance & Reformation Packet, but is currently FREE to download! 🙂
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.
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.
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
- Age of Exploration Packet
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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