Bill of Rights


    For our Chapter 8 Project, you will create a:

     1. Questionnaire, how will people know which party they belong to?

    Check out these links for an example of a questionnaire.  (Hint, use the notes from 11.4& 11.5, these are so important for your project.) 

    • http://www.gotoquiz.com/are_you_a_winter_person_or_a_summer_person, then click on create a quiz at the top. 
    •  http://www.quiztron.com
    • http://www.schoolexpress.com/quiz01.php
    • http://www.proprofs.com/quiz-school/quizreport.php?title=four-seasons-fall-winter-spring-summer&sid=94191814, then click on create 

     as if you are on Jefferson's side, a republican or Hamiltion's side, a federalist. 

    Refer to Chapter 11 for your notes, and issues.

    2. PSA, (Public Service Announcment) pick a major issue for your side. Write a script, and record a short Public Service Announcement as if you are advising and informing citizens about a major issue.  




    Step 1: Complete the notes for Setting the Stage, 11.3, 11.4, 11.5, complete your survey.  (Three Days)

    Once your survey is complete, post the link on Blackboard. Take two other group's surveys, and decide what the majority of your group believes. 

    Step 2: Complete the notes for 11.6-11.8, then begin the script for your PSA, then record your PSAs. (4 Days)

    Step 3: Create your paper advertisements and begin your notes for your debate: Should the nation become Federlist or Anti-Federalist? (4 Days)

    Step 4: Conduct the Debate. (1 Day)

    Step 5: An Essay: 

    Which political group do you believe had a more profound effect on the formation of the United States, the Federalists or the Anti-Federalists? How could the United States be different today if the other political group ran the country?

    Please type your response in a minimum of 3 to 4 paragraphs, single-spaced, and cite your sources using MLA format!



    For your debates only:

    The year is 1787.  You are a member a ratification delegation.  You will examine the proposed Constitution, determine and debate its merits, and vote on whether to ratify it.  One of the key issues that will determine whether you vote on it or not is a proposed bill of rights.  You will be assigned to be either an Anti-Federalist or a Federalist.  After you have voted on whether to ratify the Constitution you must explain to your constituents why you voted the way you did.

    The Process

    1. First you will be assigned to play the role of either a Federalist or an Anti-Federalist.


    1. Research your parties views on a bill of rights by reading the following articles. Later you will debate those who oppose your viewpoints, so remember to read about both sides of the issue. 

        Federalist #51:              http://www.constitution.org/fed/federa51.htm

        Federalist #84:              http://www.constitution.org/fed/federa84.htm

        Anti-Federalist #84:       http://www.thevrwc.org/antifederalist/antiFederalist84.html

        Anti-Federalist Thinking:  http://teachingamericanhistory.org/fed-antifed/antifederalist/


    1. Prepare for the classroom ratification debate. You will debate a classmate one-on-one who has been assigned an opposing party. Create a sheet that you can reference during the debate that not    only has your positions and evidence, but also your oppositions positions and supportive evidence.


    1. You will debate your classmates who are from the opposite party as you. Remember to keep in mind the thinking of the party that you represent.  Articulate not only the positions of your party on the inclusion of a bill of rights, but also refute your oppositions positions.


    1. After everyone in the class has participated in the debate you will all vote on whether to ratify the Constitution or not.

        Even though you have been assigned to be either a Federalist or an Anti-Federalist you may vote differently.


    1. When the class is finished voting you will be giving your final task. You must write a letter to those back in your home state explaining why you voted the way that you did.  Be sure to include in your letter whether the constitution was ratified, your reasoning in voting either for or against it, and how you think your argument could have been improved. The letter must be at least two pages in length   and use primary sources.




    Hamilton/ Federalist:
    This will lead into a debate of Federalist vs. Anti Federalist. 
    In addition to these in class assignments, you will complete the notes for: Chap 11 on teachtci.com