The Anti-Federalists: Assessment
Prominent Americans wrote essays and gave speeches to support their positions. You will now follow their example by writing and editing your own persuasive argument either for or against ratifying the Constitution. You will find it helpful to complete this Activity on Argument Writing before you begin.02.03 The Anti-Federalists: Assessment
Steps-02.03 The Anti-Federalists: Assessment
1. Choose whether to argue as a Federalist or as an Anti-Federalist. Review the lesson to make sure you understand their main points.
2. Using quotes from the Federalist and Anti-Federalist Papers, write an opinion article for a newspaper, or create a speech podcast to convince people in your state to agree with your position. Include the following in your speech or article:
○ © 2012 Polka Dot/Thinkstock ○ introductory paragraph that clearly states your position as a Federalist or
Anti-Federalist ○ at least two paragraphs describing differences between the Federalist and
Anti-Federalist points of view. Use at least two quotes from each of the Federalist Papers and Anti-Federalist Papers.
○ ○ If you would like to explore more of the Federalist Papers and Anti-Federalist
Papers to find your own quotes, these sites will be helpful. ○ ○ Federalist Papers
■ American Studies at the University of Virginia ■ The Avalon Project at Yale Law School ■ The Law Center at the University of Oklahoma
○ ○ Anti-Federalist Papers
■ Document Library by Teaching American History ○ at least one paragraph to explain why you disagree with the opposing stance.
For example, if you have chosen to argue as a Federalist, you will explain why you disagree with the Anti-Federalist position, using quotes from the documents to support your argument.
02.03 The Anti-Federalists: Assessment