Lesson 10: Presidential Politics


Activity 1: Grammatical Scavenger Hunt

In this activity you'll complete a scavenger hunt, looking for examples of various grammatical concepts that you have covered so far in this unit.
Student Activity Page
In this activity, your child followed clues to find the specified grammar concepts in today's reading. An answer key is provided, although your child may find additional examples that also fit. In those cases, ask her to explain why her answers work.
Answer Key:
1. Passive Voice: "that political freedom could be preserved" or "He would ultimately be proved right."
2. Participle: "The sight of the forgotten books"
3. Gerund: "John Jay out of the running" (also part of a gerund phrase "although lacking in tact")
4. Subjunctive: "Madison was to request, on Jeffersons behalf, that John Adams be preferred."
5. Imperative: "Look steadfastly at them" or "arm yourself with patience and forbearance" or "be not dismayed"
6. Interrogative: "Abigail asked, 'Pray, has the boy misbehaved?'"
7. Infinitive: "satisfied with such parts as I am willing to communicate."

Activity 2: Federalists and Republicans

Throughout the biography of Abigail Adams, you've seen how she was influenced by the political changes going on around her and how her own family influenced the new nation. Today's reading focused on her husband's service in the federal government and his term as president at a time when opposing political parties were first forming. Would the new nation withstand political disagreement and competition or would the new government crumble without unity?

In this activity, you'll explore the differences between the Federalists and Republicans. Review the first three pages of Chapter 19 and refer back to the rest of the reading as needed as you complete the chart on the "Federalists and Republicans" activity page.
Student Activity Page
In this activity, your child will compare the Federalists and Republicans in a chart-based activity page. An answer key has been provided.
Answer Key - Federalists and Republicans
Who were their leaders?Supporters of Alexander Hamilton (your child may also mention John Adams)Thomas Jefferson
Should the federal government be strong or weak?StrongRelatively weak
Should power be held by the federal government or by the states?The federal governmentThe states
Who should govern, the common man or the elites?The elitesThe common man
How did they view the French Revolution?Whit caution and fear that the Revolution would result in mass violenceAs following the example set in America and worthy of American support
Whom did they endorse for president in the 1796 election?John AdamsThomas Jefferson