We have spent the last month studying about Martin Luther and his Reformation. I wrote a Unit Study about Martin Luther and the Reformation that you can download for free at Homeschool Helper Online. And see below for a Lapbook on Martin Luther.
Books about Martin Luther
We enjoyed reading the book Martin Luther by Maier.
Get this amazing project from Homeschool in the Woods!
My husband and I love the movie Luther. It’s PG-13 and not appropriate for some of our kids yet, though.
We had a wonderful time hosting a Reformation Day Celebration Party–see pictures and description here!
Lapbook on Martin Luther
I had a great time putting together a lapbook on Martin Luther and the Reformation for my kids to write down what they learned during our time of study. See Pictures and Ideas of what to include below. I used the Type It In Template Pack from Hands of a Child, available at CurrClick to make the mini-booklets for this lapbook.
Lapbook on Martin Luther and the Reformation Mini-Booklet Ideas:
- What Experience Led Martin Luther to Become a Monk? (He was almost killed by a lightning strike. He told God he would become a monk.) Define the following words: Protestant Reformation, Monk, Nun, Catholic Church, Heresy, Sacraments, Penance, Indulgences, Relics, Purgatory, Diet, Recant, Pilgrimage, Excommunicate
- Copywork of his hymn (translated into English) “A Mighty Fortress is Our God.”
- Map of Germany: Label Eisleben, Wittenberg, Worms, Eisenach, and Wartburg Castle.
- Timeline of Martin Luther’s life: Tell what happened during these years: 1483 (born), 1505 (almost struck by lightning, leaves law to become a monk), 1508 (begins teaching at University of Wittenberg), 1510 (visits Rome), 1517 (posts 95 Theses), 1521 (Diet of Worms), 1525 (marries Katherine von Bora), 1534 (completes translation of Bible into German), 1546 (dies).
- Ninety-five Theses: Answer the following questions. Where were they put (Castle Church door in Wittenberg, Germany), what was the date (Oct. 31, 1517), what did they talk about (complaints he had with Catholic Church doctrine, particularly indulgences), why did he put the list up (to encourage discussion and debate among students and faculty at the University of Wittenberg)
- German words: Love (Liebe), God (Gott), Church (Kirche).
- Tell about Martin Luther’s parents: Hans Luder was a miner and was able to pay for Martin’s schooling, his mother Margarethe was a strict disciplinarian. They were not happy with his decision to leave law to become a monk.
- Tell about Martin’s Marriage and Children: He married a former nun named Katharine von Bora on June 13, 1525. She was 26, and he was 41. They had 6 children together, and adopted a number of children, too. They had a busy household, often having many people over for dinner and to sleep.
- Which book of the Bible helped Martin Luther understand God better and salvation by grace rather than works? (Romans)
- Which verse was particularly meaningful to Martin Luther? Write it out. (Roman 1:17)
- Tell about indulgences: What are they? What was the money to be used for (to build St. Peter’s Basilica in Rome), Who was John Tetzel (a man who sold many indulgences in Germany and made a lot of money for the church.)
- What were some of the disagreements Martin Luther had with the Catholic Church? (Christ, not the pope, should be head of the church. Indulgences are meaningless, and they give the people false hope of getting into heaven, as well as stealing money from them. Christ offers free grace for salvation; we don’t have to and can’t earn it. We don’t need a priest to be a mediator between us and God, and we can reach Him ourselves. There should only be two sacraments (baptism and Lord’s Supper/Communion) and not seven. The Bible and church services should be in the language of the people, and not Latin.)
- The Times of Martin Luther: It was a transition between the Medieval Times and the Renaissance. Tell about the food, clothes, entertainment (plays, jugglers, jesters), Knights, Artists (Cranach, Durer, Da Vinci, Michelangelo, Raphael, Bruegher the Elder), Explorers (Columbus, Balboa, Vasco da Gama, Magellan, Coronado). etc.
- Wartburg Castle: Tell about the kidnapping. How did he get there, whose idea was it? (Frederick the Wise). Why did he need to be there? (He would have been killed if caught by someone else.) Who did he pretend to be? (Knight George) How long was he there? (10 months) What did he do while there? (Translated the New Testament into German and wrote other books).
- Who are some other Protestant Reformers? (Ulrich Zwingli, Martin Bucer, John Calvin, John Wycliffe, William Tyndale, John Knox, etc.)
- Why was the Printing Press invented by Gutenberg so significant for the Protestant Reformation? (The Bible was printed in people’s everyday language, communication increased, people learned quicker and were able to mobilize, and the gospel spread quicker.)
- Match people’s names to their job or position. Leo X (Pope), Philip Melanchthon (Luther’s co-worker), Frederick the Wise (Prince/Elector of Saxony), Charles V (Holy Roman Emperor), Katherine (his wife).
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