Rise of the Christian Church Lesson

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Learning objectives

In this lesson, students will gain a chronological understanding of the rise of the Christian Church in late antiquity and the early Middle Ages. They will develop an awareness of the key people, places, and concepts associated with this period of time. Students will have the opportunity to achieve this through choosing their own method of learning, from reading, source analysis, research and watching options, as well as the chance to engage in extension activities. This lesson includes a self-marking quiz for students to demonstrate their learning.

How would you like to learn?

Option 1: Reading


Step 1: Download a copy of the reading questions worksheet below:

Step 2: Answer the set questions by reading the following web page:


Option 2: Using sources


Step 1: Download a copy of the source analysis worksheet below:

Step 2: Answer the set questions by reading the following sources:


Option 3: Internet research


Download a copy of the research worksheet and use the internet to answer the questions.


Option 4: Watch video


Step 1: Download a copy of the viewing questions below:

Step 2: Answer the questions by watching the documentary below: 


Resources for subscribers



Extension activities