Federalism and Anti-Federalism Lesson Plan

US History Lesson Plans

Topic Overview:

Throughout the political saga of the US, both presently and in times past, is the debate over how power should be distributed.  During the late 1700’s, that debate was waged by two camps: the Federalists, who favored a centralized power center and disliked the Articles of Confederation, and Anti-Federalists, who favored the Articles and thought a strong, centralized government would threaten states’ rights.  The groups eventually met to make a new agreement that would satisfy both camps.  That agreement became known as the Bill of Rights.

Activity Overview:

In this apprenticeship simulation students will work in small groups to govern their own country.  They must decide on 10 issues concerning laws for their country.  Students will then have a chance to merge with other groups or remain independent.   Finally the students will see how their decisions compare to the ideas of the Federalists and Anti-Federalists.