Unit 3: The Reformation’s Influence on the New World


Unit 3 High School

Unit Overview

Subjects Covered
Grammar, Literature, Composition, History
Time Period
Reformation and Revolutions
Grade Level
High School: 9 – 12
Spanish, Native American, English
The Pilgrim’s Progress – by John Bunyan

AllSaintsChurchUnit Description

“The Reformation was a many–sided movement – political, economic, intellectual and religious. Its fundamental cause was a general reaction against the life and religion of the middle ages, which manifested itself independently in several different countries at about the same time…”
Samuel Bannister and Albert Bushnell Hart

Leading Ideas and Biblical Principles

  • History is HIS Story – God’s story of love, mercy, and redemption through Christ.
    • He made known to us the mystery of his will according to his good pleasure, which he purposed in Christ, to be put into effect when the times reach their fulfillment—to bring unity to all things in heaven and on earth under Christ. — Ephesians 1‍:‍9-10
  • God’s providential hand governs and times all events and provides for His Creation according to His plan and purposes.
    • The God who made the world and everything in it is the Lord of heaven and earth and does not live in temples built by human hands.  And he is not served by human hands, as if he needed anything. Rather, he himself gives everyone life and breath and everything else. From one man he made all the nations, that they should inhabit the whole earth; and he marked out their appointed times in history and the boundaries of their lands. God did this so that they would seek him and perhaps reach out for him and find him, though he is not far from any one of us.- Acts 17: 24 – 27
  • Godly leadership and servanthood are necessary for one to be a true reforming influence.
    • Whoever wants to become great among you must be your servant, and whoever wants to be first must be your slave—just as the Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve, and to give his life as a ransom for many..- Matthew 20:26 – 28

Unit 3 Resources: Middle School

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Lesson 1: History

Lesson One Assignments:

  • Review the discussion questions, then read the article: The Reformation and Martin Luther, pages 5 – 13.
  • Narrate about today’s reading using the appropriate notebook page. Be sure to answer the discussion questions and include key people, events, and dates within the narration.
  • Be sure to visit www.ArtiosHCS.com for additional resources.

Lesson One Discussion Questions:

  • Did the cause of the Reformation lie more in Luther or in the general state of things?
  • What caused the development of Luther’s views from the position he held in the Ninety-five Theses to that shown at the Diet of Worms?
  • Was the cause of the peasants in their revolt just or unjust?
  • Was Luther blamed for opposing them?
  • Why did Erasmus refuse to join Luther?
  • How did Charles’s foreign wars aid the Reformation?
  • How did the Turks aid the cause of the Reformation?
  • What is the place of Melanchthon in the history of the German Reformation?
  • How far was the Reformation directed against observances and how far against doctrines?
  • What was the condition in which Germany was left by the Peace of Augsburg?

Unit 3 Literature Assignments

  • Read the assignment background information, then read The Pilgrim’s Progress from Part I, Sixth Stage through Part I, Eighth Stage.
  • In your reading journal, continue to track the allegorical elements found in the reading and continue making notes critiquing the poem as an allegory.


Complimentary Sources:

  • Martin Luther’s 95 Theses
  • Project Gutenberg: Collection of Martin Luther’s work including Luther’s 95 Theses, Luther’s Letter to Pope Leo X, Luther’s “Concerning Christian Liberty,” and Luther’s “Discourse on Free Will”


Martin Luther – Biographical Video

Martin Luther Sparks a Reformation

Martin Luther’s Response to the Court at His Trial


The Story of A Mighty Fortress is Our God

Painting of Martin Luther

16th Century Art

Hymn By Martin Luther – A Mighty Fortress is Our God

Music from the Late 15th Century, the time of Martin Luther