If Men Were Angels: Teaching the Constitution With the Federalist Papers

Much like the methods of group work, the writers of the Federalist Papers worked together to advocate for their viewpoints against the anti-federalists. The resource enables learners to break into small groups and conduct research before prepping for a class presentation.

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CCSS: Designed
Instructional Ideas

  • Have students write a diary entry in their journals about the most interesting thing they learned watching the presentations
Classroom Considerations

  • Encourages using a computer lab or library to better research information
  • Requires some prep work and project management by figuring out how to assign groups and setting up which group is doing what
Pros

  • Provides multiple options for how to conduct the small-group activities
  • Supplies a teacher guide with suggested answers for class discussion
  • Includes a list of essential vocabulary words to check for pre-knowledge before beginning
Cons

  • None