The New Nation

The conclusion of the American Revolution brought about a new conflict—choosing the stye of government for the newly formed United States. Using the views of both Federalists and Anti-Federalists, learners work in pairs and groups to reflect upon the challenges that came with forming a free republic from scratch. Lesson six of a 22-part program covering America's history provides video clips, cartoons, and primary sources to help learners analyze and present how the cornerstone of American democracy was formed. 

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CCSS: Adaptable
Instructional Ideas

  • Create a large Venn diagram for activity three and place it in front of the room for the class discussion
  • Assign students a number in each group and roll a die or choose a card to select which one talks for the group in each activity
Classroom Considerations

  • Includes overhead projector and transparencies in the lesson; adjust for today's technology accordingly

  • Contains printable worksheets and materials for classroom use
  • Resource provides questions for reflection during the video clips 

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