Federalists & Anti-Federalists

Lesson Plan

This mini-lesson looks at the debate, and eventual compromise, between the Federalists and Anti-Federalists that occured around the creation of the U.S. Constitution. 


  • Recognize how various individuals and groups contributed to the development of the U.S. government.
  • Trace the impact of significant events that surrounded the founding of the United States.
  • Big Ideas: Articles of Confederation, U.S. Constitution, Anti-Federalist, Federalist, Federalist Papers, compromise, Bill of Rights, preamble