Chief Executives Compared: The Federalist Papers

Delve into the responsibilities of the president by looking at President Hamilton's opinion of the presidential office in his own words. The second in a three-part series, the resource also offers an interesting compare-and-contrast activity between the British monarchy's opinion of the presidency and that of the Articles of Confederation.

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CCSS: Adaptable
Instructional Ideas
  • Extend learning by assigning students a compare-and-contrast essay 
  • Differentiate for English learners by giving fill-in-the blank notes during the compare-and-contrast discussion of the presidency
Classroom Considerations
  • Lesson assumes middle schoolers understand how to compare and contrast 
  • Includes an assessment section 
  • Simple and straightforward plan
  • Some added preparation may make for longer lesson planning time