Having a Strong National Government

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How did American political parties form? Scholars research the end of the Washington era and the beginning of politics in America. Video evidence and discussion questions allow insight into the emergence of the three branches of government. Class members share opinions regarding the election of 1800, the Jefferson vs. Adams issue, and the role the Supreme Court would play in the newly formed republic. 

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CCSS: Adaptable
Instructional Ideas

  • Create a free PBS account to use interactives to enhance the lesson
  • Role play/debate with the Federalists vs. Anti-Federalists (Jefferson vs. Adams)
Classroom Considerations

  • Must have audio and video equipment
Pros

  • Resource provides background readings as extensions to the lesson
  • Lesson includes discussion questions for use with the video presentation
Cons

  • None