Unit 4: The Spread of the Reformation


Unit 4 High School

Unit Overview

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

Henry VIIIUnit Description

The spread of the Reformation into Switzerland and England resulted in different motivations and differing outcomes in government and religious reform.

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
  • God raises up and removes leaders.
    • He changes times and seasons; he deposes kings and raises up others. He gives wisdom to the wise and knowledge to the discerning..- Daniel 2:21

Unit 4 Resources: High School

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Lesson 1: History

Lesson One Assignments:

  • Review the discussion questions, then read the article: The Reformation in Switzerland and Great Britain and the Counter Reformation, pages 5 – 15.
  • 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.
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Lesson One Discussion Questions:

  • What were the differences between how Luther, Zwingli and Calvin approached the effects of the Reformation
  • Switzerland was broken into self-governing republics called Cantons. How did this affect the Reformation in Switzerland differently than in Germany?
  • What did Luther believe about communion?
  • What did Zwingli believe about communion?
  • Who continued the work of Zwingli in Geneva?
  • What important theological book did John Calvin write?
  • Why was this book important?
  • Based on your reading, write an outline showing how the Tudors influenced the Reformation in England.
  • In what ways was Queen Elizabeth a great ruler?
  • Was Queen Elizabeth’s execution of Mary Queen of Scots justifiable?
  • How did the defeat of the Armada aid England’s colonization of America?
  • What advantages did the Jesuit Order have over earlier religious orders?

Unit 4 Literature Assignments

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

Unit 4 Composition Assignments

    • Using your notes on allegorical elements in the poem, write an essay explaining the Christian doctrine presented in the poem. What is the allegorical message to the original reader of the poem? What is the message for Christians today? You may need to do some research on this topic, so please remember to quote your sources. Feel free to use the lecture in this unit as a resource.
    • Look through your notes and make a bulleted list of the information you will include. Be sure to put quotation marks around direct quotes, then note the source and page number.
    • Complete an outline for your essay.

Find information on analysis essays here: http://www.roanestate.edu/owl/WritingLitAnalysis1.html



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John Knox and the Scottish Reformation