I really want to get the students in my classes to think about what resistance means and how it can impact the brave people like Martin Luther who stand up to those in power. I also want them thinking critically about what it means to ignore injustices or collaborate with those committing them.
This complete lesson download includes short readings on 4 early events/people that influenced the Protestant Reformation:
- John Wycliffe Declared a Heretic
- Jan Huss Executed for Heresy
- Martin Luther posting the 95 Theses
- The Affair of the Placards
After reading about each event, students decide if they'd join the Protestant movement, collaborate with the Roman Catholic Church, or choose to ignore it and act like nothing had happened. After going through all 4 events, students analyze what their role would have been in the Reformation as a whole.
Finally, students analyze what it looks like and what the repercussions can be for those who resist, collaborate, or ignore. This download includes both printable and Google Docs versions of the activity along with directions pages for both the students and you as the teacher.