Anti-Federalist Paper No. 47

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The path to a more perfect union was rockier than most history books would lead you to believe. Young historians read “Antifederalist No. 47,” written by James Madison (under the pen name “Centinel”), which sharply criticizes the distribution of power in John Adams’ newly proposed American government. After reading, they answer several questions about the author’s purpose and main idea.

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CCSS: Adaptable
Instructional Ideas
  • Flip the class by assigning the handout as homework
  • Build media literacy skills by asking pupils to research the answers online
Classroom Considerations
  • Requires teachers to complete some prep work, such as printing and distributing handouts
  • Includes an answer key
  • Provides a variety of questions that test for knowledge of several important concepts
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