The Reformation Age
The Renaissance Popes led a Church in desperate need of reform, and the Reformers obliged.
It is during this time that we see many great men of the Protestant Church rise up, Bibles translated into native tongues and reproduced en masse, and a Counter-Reformation in the Catholic Church. It is also during this age that Catholicism invested heavily in missions and exploration and the Puritans move to the American Colonies.
Invite your older students to travel the Cobblestone Path of Church history. A path filled with individual lives, theological debates, and political intrigue.
Christian History Notebooking
Invite your older students to travel the Cobblestone Path™ of Church history. It is a path filled with individual lives, theological debates, and political intrigue.
They will also help young adults develop and strengthen skills in:
- pre-writing (notetaking and organization)
- reading comprehension
While much of the research for the journals will be done using the internet, you’ll want to have a good Christian history overview text (or two) and you may wish to supply your students with some great biographies or literature pertaining to the time period.
Each journal covers a period of time (or “age”) in Church History. There’s no clear agreement on the divisions of Church ages, so I have divided these ages thematically and have tried to name them appropriately.
Cobblestone Path™ is designed to look at the major aspects of each age from a global view. Students will find people and movements that stood in opposition to the Christian Church, as well as those who claimed the name of Christ, yet espoused a different gospel.
This Church history research journal series is compiled from a Protestant viewpoint. There is not a complete list of the bishops and popes of Rome or of world leaders, however, at every point where the individual popes or world leaders are important to understanding Church history, they are included.
Reformation Church History Resources
While much of the research for Cobblestone Path™ may be done online, there are wonderful recommended and supplemental resources suggested for use with the journals.
This is a list of great resources for studying the Christian Church from the Ascension of Jesus until 325 AD.
This list is designed to coordinate with Cobblestone Path™ Church History Research Journal: The Apostolic and Church Ages, but can also be used on their own just to study the history of the Church.
Following is a list of recommended resources and suggested supplements. Because I know you may have younger children as well, I will also recommend some great books from The Apostolic and Early Church Ages as well. You can include them in your Church history studies with a few well-chosen read-alouds. No notebooking or research required!
Christian History Resources from Danika Cooley
When Lightning Struck!: The Story of Martin LutherThe 5 Solas: Signs to Follow on the Narrow Path, A 7 Day Family Bible StudyWho was Martin Luther? (Who What Why)What was the Gutenberg Bible? (Who What Why)Why did the Reformation Happen? (Who What Why)
Recommended Church History Overviews
For middle and high school students undertaking the study of Church history, I recommend choosing a good overview text (or two), and then allowing students to use the internet to do additional research. Following are several good choices. You’ll want to read reviews and make a decision based on your needs.
Turning Points: Decisive Moments in the History of ChristianityChurch History in Plain Language: Fourth EditionThe Church in HistoryThe Story of Christianity, Vol. 1: The Early Church to the Dawn of the ReformationThe Story of Christianity, Vol. 2: The Reformation to the Present DayFoxe’s Book of Martyrs (Pure Gold Classics)
1350-1648 AD ~ The Reformation for Middle School
When Lightning Struck!: The Story of Martin LutherCourage and Conviction: Chronicles of the Reformation Church (History Lives series)Reformation HeroesHammer of the Huguenots (Heroes & History)Mr. Pipes and Psalms and Hymns of the ReformationA Plymouth Pilgrim: William Bradford’s Eyewitness Account of the Mayflower PassengersUlrich Zwingli: Shepherd Warrior (Trailblazers)John Welch: The Man Who Couldn’t Be Stopped (Trailblazers)John Knox: The Sharpened Sword (Trailblazers)Charles Spurgeon: Prince of Preachers (Trailblazers)William Tyndale: The Smuggler’s Flame (Torchbearers)John Calvin: After Darkness Light (Trail Blazers)Michelangelo for Kids: His Life and Ideas, with 21 Activities (For Kids series)John Calvin (Christian Biographies for Young Readers)John Knox (Christian Biographies for Young Readers)Lady Jane Grey (Christian Biographies for Young Readers)
1350-1648 AD ~ The Reformation for High School
When Lightning Struck!: The Story of Martin LutherReformation HeroesHeroes of the ReformationReformation Sketches: Insights into Luther, Calvin, and the ConfessionsThe Betrayal: A Novel on John CalvinThe Revolt: A Novel in Wycliffe’s EnglandThe Thunder: A Novel on John KnoxThe Daring Mission of William Tyndale (A Long Line of Godly Men Profile)The Expository Genius of John Calvin (A Long Line of Godly Men Profile)The Mighty Weakness of John Knox (A Long Line of Godly Men Profile)The Affectionate Theology of Richard Sibbes (A Long Line of Godly Men Profile)Girolamo Savonarola (Bitesize Biographies Book 14)Hugh Latimer: The Foremost Preacher of the English Reformation (Bitesize Biographies)John Hooper (Bitesize Biographies)Renee of France (Bitesize Biographies)John Knox (Bitesize Biographies Book 7)Samuel Rutherford (Bitesize Biographies Book 17)Thomas Cranmer (Bitesize Biographies Book 6)Ulrich Zwingli (Bitesize Biographies)William Farel (Bitesize Biographies Book 11)
1350-1648 AD ~ The Reformation for Preschool to Second Grade
Who was Martin Luther? (Who What Why)What was the Gutenberg Bible? (Who What Why)Why did the Reformation Happen? (Who What Why)Joan of ArcMartin Luther: A Man Who Changed The WorldMartin Luther: What should I do? (Little Lights)The Life of Martin Luther: A Pop-Up BookThe Barber Who Wanted to PrayJohn Calvin: What is the truth? (Little Lights)John Knox: Who will save you? (Little Lights)Reformation ABCs: The People, Places, and Things of the Reformation―from A to ZThe Woman Who Helped A Reformer (Banner Board Books)Katharine von Bora: The Morning Star of Wittenberg
1350-1648 AD ~ The Reformation for Third to Fifth Grade
When Lightning Struck!: The Story of Martin LutherWho was Martin Luther? (Who What Why)What was the Gutenberg Bible? (Who What Why)Why did the Reformation Happen? (Who What Why)Mr. Pipes and Psalms and Hymns of the ReformationCourage and Conviction: Chronicles of the Reformation Church (History Lives series)Reformation HeroesJohn Knox (Christian Biographies for Young Readers)Lady Jane Grey (Christian Biographies for Young Readers)John Calvin (Christian Biographies for Young Readers)Julia Gonzaga (Christian Biographies for Young Readers)Peter Martyr Vermigli (Christian Biographies for Young Readers)The Glory of Grace: the Story of the Canons of DortThe Quest For Comfort: The Story of the Heidelberg CatechismFaithfulness Under Fire: The Story of Guido De BresMichelangelo for Kids: His Life and Ideas, with 21 Activities (For Kids series)The Queen’s Smuggler: Introducing William Tyndale (Trailblazer Books) (Volume 2)The Mayflower Secret: Introducing Governor William Bradford (Trailblazer Books) (Volume 26)Spy for the Night Riders: Introducing Martin Luther (Trailblazer Books) (Volume 3)The Betrayer’s Fortune (Trailblazer Books Book 14)
How to Notebook (and What is Notebooking?)
Notebooking Resources for Your Kids!
Bible Road Trip™ Year One Notebooking JournalsBible Road Trip™ Year Two Notebooking JournalsBible Road Trip™ Year Three Notebooking JournalsMy Timeline NotebookMy Book LogMy Field Trip and Travel JournalMy Sermon NotebookCobblestone Path™ Church History Research Journals
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