Writing Prompts for Reformation Day
- Compare/contrast life in the Middle Ages to life today.
- Brainstorm a list of ways in which the world changed as a result of the Protestant Reformation. Create a word map.
- The beliefs that spurred the reformers to actions were beliefs they held so strongly that they were willing to die rather than deny them. These "core beliefs" influenced every decision they made and every act in which they engaged. Make a list of what you would consider to be your core beliefs.
- How do you think Martin Luther felt when his 95 Theses
were translated into the common language and distributed across Germany without his knowledge or permission? Happy? Sad? Angry? Surprised? Concerned? Pretend you are Luther and write a letter to a friend that reflects your feelings.
- Research and write about one aspect of life in the Middle Ages. Possible topics include food, clothing, religion, education, family life, government, warfare, feudalism, health, the Black Death, etc.
- Research, write, and illustrate a timeline of the Protestant Reformation.
- One of the practices Martin Luther opposed in his 95 Theses
was the buying and selling of "indulgences" -- papers sold by the Church which supposedly removed the consequences of one's wrong actions. People could buy indulgences for themselves or on behalf of others. In some instances, they were even allowed to buy indulgences for wrong actions they planned to commit. Pretend that you're in the business of selling indulgences. Write an advertising slogan, and design an advertisement.
- Write an argumentative essay either condemning or condoning the practice of buying/selling indulgences.
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