Federalist Paper 10 by James Madison provides teachers with a unique challenge. It is at once one of the most important documents of America's founding era as well as one of the most difficult for students to comprehend. This lesson plan provides unique access to this vital primary source through a modern "translation" of its full text and ample scaffolding, allowing all your students, no matter their reading levels, the opportunity to experience this great source.
By the end of this lesson, students will be able to summarize key portions of Federalist Paper 10, using a version of the Paper “translated” into modern terminology; analyze quotations from Federalist Paper 10; examine political vocabulary in context; and apply Madison’s reasoning to current political examples.
This lesson is aligned with the Common Core and National Council for the Social Studies (NCSS) Standards. It also includes rubrics for grading.