Honors World History I to Compete in “Demystifying Martin Luther” Competition!

With “one simple scrap of paper,” Martin Luther, an Augustinian monk from a small town in northern Germany, sparked in 1517 what would become a worldwide debate over religion. In some cases this debate would lead to war, changing the religious and political map of Europe and the world.

Martin Luther denied ever wanting any of this to happen, and yet evidence exists that points to the possibility that in fact, he was a knowing and willing, true revolutionary. Which is true?

Mr. Sitzmann’s four Honors World History I courses will write, collectively, responses to the two questions below. Our judge panel will then assess the four classes responses based on

-writing quality and organization
-evidence use, depth, amount, and analysis
-overall presentation, style, finish and webpage detail

  1. THE FINAL WORD ON LUTHER: Put together ONE written response to the question: Assess, with as much evidence as you can, whether or not Martin Luther knowingly and willingly became a revolutionary force.
  2. MAKING YOUR CASE FOR ANOTHER LUTHER: As a class, choose ONE person in world history that you can compare to Martin Luther. First, identify who you think Martin Luther was, what he believed and did, and what his actions caused. Find another person/example and draw as many relevant parallels as you can. This is a written response and your ability to make relevant historical parallels and analysis will be critical.