Houghton Mifflin Social Studies
Across the Centuries

Lesson at a Glance
Chapter 13, Lesson 1: The Decline of Church Authority (pp. 338-341)

The Big Idea
Framework Concept: Conflict As a result of political change and corrupt practices among some of the clergy of the time, people began to question the Catholic church's authority.

Write the following statements on the board:

Ask students to read these statements aloud. What predictions can they make about the period of history described by these statements? Write responses on the board. Help students revise the accuracy of their predictions as they read the lesson.

Lesson Outline
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Check for Understanding


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