Free Lesson Plans

Subscribe to the Constitution Courier, our free lesson newsletter!

Our free Constitution Courier newsletter helps teachers connect America’s Founding principles to students’ lives. Delivered directly to your inbox, each Constitution Courier eLesson includes historical content, connections to real life, classroom activities, downloadable PDFs, answer keys, discussion questions, and/or suggestions for further reading. Two eLessons will be sent each month and will cover a variety of topic areas to engage today’s students. Sign up for the Courier today, or read more about the most recent lessons below!

Anti-Federalist Papers: Brutus No. 1 eLesson

In order to develop a comprehensive understanding of the American Founding, it is important to also understand the Anti-Federalist objections to the ratification of the Constitution.  Among the most important of the Anti-Federalist writings are the essays of Brutus.  Although it has not been definitively established, these essays are generally attributed to Robert Yates.  The Brutus essays provide the most direct and compelling rebuttal of the Federalist argument.  The following lesson is a summation of arguments made in Brutus’ first essay written to the citizens of the state of New York. View this lesson.

View Past eLessons

Federalist Papers:

Heroes and Villains: A Quest for Civic Virtue:

Current Events:

Bill of Rights Institute Curriculum Resources:

Document Based Questions:

Landmark Supreme Court Cases:

Presidents and the Constitution: