• Madison’s famous essay on factions is part of The Federalist Papers, a collection of influential writings which persuaded citizens and leaders to support ratification of the U.S. Constitution. Interestingly, the essays in The Federalist Papers first ran in the opinion section of several newspapers published in early America. Take a look at The View page of The Bowie News. Read one of the columns, editorials, or letters to the editor. Does this item advance the interests of a narrow group or faction? Does it do so in a manner that seems to be at odds with the interests of others? With the best interests of the nation? Thomas Jefferson once observed, “If a nation expects to be ignorant and free . . . it expects what never was and never will be.” Do you agree with this statement? How does one become an informed voter who thinks about the
common good and the best interests of the nation? Write a persuasive essay that offers your opinion.
• The Declaration of Independence contains a number of words and phrases that may not be familiar to today’s readers. Look through the following list of words found in this historic document. Look up the definition of ten words from this list that you have never used. Write a sentence for each new word using it in the correct context.