Ratifying the Constitution - Federalists vs. Anti-Federalists Debate

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The ratification of the Constitution and the debate between the Federalists and Anti-Federalists is a hard concept for students to grasp. Instead of the boring lecture and notes, try this activity instead! It will engage your students with a debate, and still challenge them with primary sources.

In this lesson, students will role play that of a Federalist or an Anti-Federalist. These roles include: James Madison, John Jay, Alexander Hamilton, George Mason and Patrick Henry. The activity begins with a background essay and questions on the ratification of the Constitution. Then students will move into expert groups to prepare for a debate. They will research the point of view of the Federalists and Anti-Federalists using an essay and primary sources (all included).

Once the students have completed their research, they will role play different points of view as they conduct a structured debate called a “Talk-It-Out”. You can even increase engagement with puppets (provided) for props.

Wrap up the lesson with a Twitter debate and a "Who Said" activity!

Included in this lesson are:

- Detailed directions for the activity

- a background essay on the ratification of the Constitution and questions

- a graphic organizer for notes

- background essays on both the Federalists and the Anti-Federalists

- primary source quotes to prepare for the debate

- finger puppets or popsicle stick puppets for props

- prompts to start the debate

- “Twitter” handout to wrap-up the lesson

- 8 terms with images for your Word Wall

- A PowerPoint presentation to guide you through the lesson


Please download the preview for detailed directions and samples!

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Teaching Duration
3 Days

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Ratifying the Constitution - Federalists vs. Anti-Federali
Ratifying the Constitution - Federalists vs. Anti-Federali
Ratifying the Constitution - Federalists vs. Anti-Federali
Ratifying the Constitution - Federalists vs. Anti-Federali