Directions: Students will get into groups of 2-3 people and read the Federalist Papers 1, 10, 51, and 84 (excerpts)



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American Government

Federalist Papers

Directions: Students will get into groups of 2-3 people and read the Federalist Papers 1, 10, 51, and 84 (excerpts). Students should work together in their groups developing an answer that uses quotations from the document itself as well as an answer in the students’ own words demonstrating their understanding of the document.


  1. Federalist Paper #1 states that “History will teach us. . . .” What words does the author use to tell us what we will be taught? Now put those thoughts into your own words.



  1. Federalist Paper #10 states “that the CAUSES of faction cannot be removed, and that relief is only to be sought in the means of controlling its EFFECTS.” What “effects” is the author referring to and how are they to be remedied? Now put those thoughts into your own words.



  1. Federalist Paper #51 states, “If men were angels, no government would be necessary.” What does this statement imply when it comes to creating a government? What words does the author use to answer this question? Now put those thoughts into your own words.



  1. Federalist Paper #84 states that a bill of rights in the Constitution is not necessary. What arguments does the author make to back up this statement? Now put those thoughts into your own words.

American Government

Anti-Federalist Papers

Directions: Students will get into groups of 2-3 people and read the Anti-Federalist Papers 1, 9, 46, and 84 (excerpts). Students should work together in their groups developing an answer that uses quotations from the document itself as well as an answer in the students’ own words demonstrating their understanding of the document.



  1. Anti-Federalist Paper #1 states that “In order to deceive them. . . .” According to the author, who is deceiving whom and for what purpose? After using the author’s arguments, put those thoughts into your own words.



  1. Anti-Federalist Paper #9 begins by stating, “We the Aristocratic party of the United States.” Why would Anti-Federalists write from the point of view of the aristocrats? What evidence in this document shows the aristocrats’ supposed contempt for the average citizen? Now put those thoughts into your own words.



  1. Anti-Federalist Paper #46 states, “We are left wholly dependent on the wisdom and virtue of the men who shall from time to time be the members of Congress.” How are the Anti-Federalists making this argument? Now put those thoughts into your own words.



  1. Anti-Federalist Paper #84 states that the Constitution needs to be “founded on a declaration or bill of rights.” What evidence is presented to make this argument? Now put those thoughts into your own words.


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