This activity has students sort 6 quotes from prominent Federalist and Anti-Federalists, based on who wrote the statement and the sentiments within. The quotes are more or less straight forward and should be used as a gradual release before reading the actual federalist papers in their entirety.
After having completed the sorting exercise the students will then complete a Venn diagram on the two parties and a T-chart with the major players from each party. This is what you can grade or use as a building block to the final piece of the assignment: Students choose whether they are Federalists or Anti-Federalists, by reading eight statements and chosing which they agree with more. Then the students explain why they made that choice. This final culminating activity can incorporate all of the parts previous and give you a good sense as to the students' learning.