Federalist 10 worksheets and essay

Federalist 10

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“Federalist 10 is one of 85 essays advocating for the ratification of the United States Constitution. Federalist 10 was written by James Madison and published on November 22, 1787 under the pseudonym Publius. In this essay, Madison addresses the question of how to guard against “factions,” or groups of citizens, with interests that are contrary to the rights of others or the interests of the community as a whole. Madison defined factions as groups of citizens with opinions, passions, or interests contrary to the interests of others or the well-being of others. These groups of citizens saw factions as irreconcilable differences that could not be negotiated or compromised (i.e. war, divorce).

Step 1: Open and print a copy of Federalist 10 and a summary (you will need to click on the box in front of Federalist 10 to display the summary) to help as you read through the essay.

Step 2: Download the handout “Federalist 10 Activity” to complete as you work through reading the essay. Finish the word chart on page 1 of your “Federalist 10 Activity” handout.

Step 3: Download and complete the “Current Issues Spectrum” handout. Use your responses to answer the short answer question on page 2 of the “Federalist 10 Activity.”

Step 4: After completing the APPARTS organizer, respond to the essay prompt on the next page. Your essay should be well-organized and respond to specific points discussed in Federalist 10.

Step 5: Save and submit the completed “Federalist 10” activities, including your essay.