Whose arguments, the Federalists' or Anti-Federalists, regarding the ratification of the Constitution were better? Students will evaluate the competing positions and heated discourse that consumed America in the late 1780s. By analyzing anonymous newspaper editorials from the likes of Brutus and Publius on Constitutional issues like standing armies and national taxation, your students will have a better grasp of our country's first political debate.
Throughout the lesson students will:
1) Respond to a Bell Ringer that asks them to choose a local politician out of several candidates based on their qualifications.
2) Read an introductory piece about the beliefs of the Federalists and Anti-Federalists.
3) Listen and discus an audio recording that gives further background of what the Federalist/Anti-Federalist debate was like.
4) In groups of two, each student in the partnership will be assigned a source set of two editorials to read and answer questions from. Afterwards, the partners will discuss their sources and answers together.
5) Conclude with an exit ticket that asks students to evaluate whose arguments, the Federalists or Anti-Federalists were better.