Was he a Federalist or an Anti-Federalist? Ratification of the U.S. Constitution and the debate between the Federalists and Anti-Federalists is always a tough topic to teach. Students will read quotes and determine if the person was a Federalist or an Anti- Federalist. They will fill in their worksheet after visiting 8 different quotes in their gallery walk. Students will be asked to write down key words from each quote which convinced them of their answer. Lastly, they will add up their answer points (on each quote page) to determine the winner!
Students will examine the point of view of: John Jay, James Madison, Thomas Jefferson, Robert Yates, Alexander Hamilton, Patrick Henry, Elbridge Gerry and Roger Sherman.
*This is an engaging competition that keeps the students on their toes. If they get the answers wrong the first time, they have an opportunity to go back and check their work.
Students will analyze quotes, determine keywords and break down the meaning.
8 Pictures/quotes to hang around the room
1 Student worksheet
Sample answers to show the process to students
**This is an extension activity and does require basic knowledge about Federalists vs Anti-Federalists & the new Constitution. This lesson assumes you have taught the differences between the Federalists and Anti-Federalists.**
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