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Debate over the Ratification of the Constitution

For Teachers 12th
Twelfth graders discuss the creation of the United States, the Articles of Confederation and the Constitution. Through a class debate, role-playing Federalists and Anti-federalists, they identify the reasons for and against ratification...
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Anti-federalist Arguments Against: A Complete Consolidation

For Teachers 9th - 12th
Students analyze Anti-Federalist debates. In this Anti-Federalists lesson plan, students listen to their instructor present a lecture regarding the details of the Anti-Federalist argument against extended republic tendencies. Students...
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If Men Were Angels: Teaching the Constitution With the Federalist Papers

For Teachers 7th - 12th Standards
Much like the methods of group work, the writers of the Federalist Papers worked together to advocate for their viewpoints against the anti-federalists. The resource enables learners to break into small groups and conduct research before...
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Federalist - Antifederalist Debates

For Students 6th - 12th Standards
Who should have the power—individual states or the federal government? Scholars research the arguments of the Federalists and Anti-Federalists during the formation of the United States Constitution. Online resources, including a vast...
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Federalist 47

For Teachers 6th - 12th
Students will analyze and evaluate political propaganda. In this lesson on the Federalist movement, students will examine the Federalist papers and analyze the Anti-Federalist argument mage against constitutional ratification. This...
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The Ratification Debate

For Students 6th - 12th
Most Americans profess their love for the US Constitution, but this was not always the case. An informative lesson overviews the debate between the Federalists and Anti-Federalists by summarizing the main arguments of each side. It...
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The Federalist Debates: Balancing Power Between State and Federal Governments

For Teachers 6th - 8th
Learners examine the pros and cons of state sovereignty vs. federalism, as argued by the Founding Fathers. They identify the basic positions of each side, complete a worksheet, and write a persuasive essay arguing for Jefferson or Hamilton.
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The Federalist Debates: Balancing Power Between State and Federal Governments

For Teachers 6th - 8th
Students explain the basic positions of the Federalists and the Anti-Federalists. They chart the differences and similarities between state and federal governments. They write a persuasive essay in response to an open-ended question.
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Understanding Federalist #10

For Teachers 7th - 9th
Students read the Federalist #10. In groups, they discuss the meaning of each paragraph. Afterward, students write a summary exploring the important arguments of the paper. Students explore the historical significance of the document.
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Federalists v. Anti‐Federalists

For Teachers 8th Standards
Here is a solid lesson plan to support your instruction on the Continental Congress and the Articles of Confederation. It includes close analysis of primary source images, a guided notes template and answer key, and many key points to...
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You've Got Rights!

For Teachers 6th - 12th Standards
If aliens invaders nearly destroy the world in the distant future and leaders must decide on a pamphlet of protections to preserve individual rights, what should they include? Introduce the Bill of Rights and the struggle between the...
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Liberation and Deliberation: The North Carolina Ratification Debates of 1788

For Teachers 8th - 12th
Pupils explore the major issues dividing the Federalists and Antifederalists prior to ratification of the US Constitution and gain a better understanding of the issues and personalities that characterized the NC constitutional convention.
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Liberation and Deliberation: The North Carolina Ratification Debates of 1788

For Teachers 11th - 12th
Pupils explore the U.S. Constitution ratification debates. In this North Carolina history lesson, students particpate in a simulation that requires them play the parts of Federalist and Anti-federalist groups debating the ratification of...
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Federalist Papers

For Teachers 9th - 12th
Learners examine the propaganda used to present two opposing viewpoints during ratification of the Constitution. Through research and text reading they examine the arguments made for and against the ratification of the constitution. ...
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Congress and the Creation of the Bill of Rights

For Teachers 8th - 12th
Students participate in inquiry activities to explore powers outlined in the Bill of Rights. In this Bill of Rights lesson, students creation of a class Bill of Rights, evaluate  and propose amendments, and analyze primary source...
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Federalists and Anti-Federalists

For Teachers 7th - 12th
Students evaluate federalist and anti-federalist ideas. In this compare and contrast lesson, students study documents from the New York Constitution Ratification Convention. After reading, students use a graphic organizer to record the...
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Federalist 47

For Teachers 6th - 8th
Middle schoolers analyze and summaries the Federalist arguments for the ratification of the Constitution using the Federalist Papers. They analyze and summarize the Anti-Federalist arguments against the ratification of the Constitution.
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Ratification Debates: A New York Case Study

For Teachers 9th - 12th
Students examine ratification. In this U.S. Constitution lesson, students research the roles of Federalists, Governor Clinton, and other states in the ratification process of the U.S. Constitution. Students discuss how the New York...
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The New Nation

For Teachers 6th - 12th Standards
The conclusion of the American Revolution brought about a new conflict—choosing the stye of government for the newly formed United States. Using the views of both Federalists and Anti-Federalists, learners work in pairs and groups to...
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Debate on Ratification: Should We Ratify the New Constitution?

For Teachers 8th - 11th
Pupils determine whether the Constitution should be ratified. In this U.S. Constitution instructional activity, students research the roles of famous Federalists and Antifederalists in order to prepare them to participate in a classroom...
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Lesson Two: The Federalist Papers

For Teachers 7th - 8th
Students identify Articles of Confederation and explain why it failed, explain argument over need for Bill of Rights in Constitution and James Madison's role in securing it's adoption, and compare and contrast ideas of Federalists and...
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James Madison: Raising an Army—Balancing the States and the Federal Government

For Teachers 9th - 12th Standards
To war! To war! Every nation in the history of the world has had to deal with warfare on some level. Scholars go through a series of activities and discussions surrounding the development of the Constitution to help them better...
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Federalist and Antifederalist Papers

For Teachers 8th - Higher Ed
Students debate the Federalist and Anti-federal Papers after using the Internet as a research tool.
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Constitutional Scavenger Hunt

For Teachers 9th
Have your class learn through exploration. They use their texts and go on a US Constitutional scavenger hunt. Included are 45 questions they must hunt to find answers to. This plan uses the text as the main resource, why not give clues...

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