Teaching Federalist #1

This lesson provides students an opportunity to use primary source documents as they examine the philosophical origins of the natural rights philosophy of consent using Federalist # 1. It also uses John Locke’s Second Treatise on Government and the Mayflower Compact. The idea is to show how consent and choice are enlightenment ideas for government a nd could be done in America. This gave America a pragmatic view of the Enlightenment rather than an ideological view.


7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12

Resource Types

Lesson Plans, Essays, Books

Teaching Strategies

Primary Source, Whole Class, Lecture


90 minutes