The Meaning of the Federalist Papers

The Federalist vol. 1


This lesson explores the Federalist Papers. In Part I, students engage in a discussion about how they get information about current issues. Next, they read a short background of the Federalist Papers and work individually or in pairs to closely examine the text. In Part II, student pairs analyze excerpts from the Federalist Papers and relate these documents to what they have already learned. In Part III, students work in small groups to research a Federalist or Anti-Federalist and role-play this person in a classroom debate.

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High School


Civics, English Language Arts


90-120 minutes


alexander hamilton, anti-federalist, close reading, democracy, federalist, federalist papers, Hamilton 68, james madison, Madison 14, republic, U.S. Constitution


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