ERIC Number: ED329477
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1990-Aug
Reference Count: N/A
Federalists and Anti-Federalists: Debating a Bill of Rights, 1787-1789.
Gotchy, Joseph R.
A set of lessons for teaching about the debate that produced the Bill of Rights to the Constitution of the United States is presented. Initially, the lessons introduce students to the positions taken by prominent Federalists and Anti-Federalists over the need for a bill of rights. These activities prepare students for a subsequent lesson that creates a mock ratifying convention in which class members role play leading Federalists and Anti-Federalists debating a proposed amendment that would add a bill of rights to the Constitution of 1787. The lesson set includes four teaching plans and accompanying lessons for students: (1) Why the Federalists Opposed a Bill of Rights and Favored the New Constitution of 1787; (2) Jefferson and Madison on the Need for a Bill of Rights--Personal Letters as Primary Resources; (3) Why the Anti-Federalists Favored a Bill of Rights and Opposed the New Constitution; and (4) A Second Federal Convention: A Mock Ratification Convention--Is a Bill of Rights Necessary? Rules for handling archival documents, a chronology of events associated with the Federalist/Anti-Federalist debate, a 58-item selected bibliography, and the contents of the constitutional characters packets conclude the document. (DB)
Publication Type: Guides - Classroom - Teacher
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Teachers; Practitioners
Sponsor: Jessie Ball DuPont Religious Charitable and Educational Fund, Jacksonville, FL.
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Laws, Policies, & Programs: Bill of Rights; United States Constitution