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60 resources with the concept federalism

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The Constitution and Bill of Rights

For Teachers 3rd - 5th Standards
Teach young learners about the rights that protect them every day with activities and videos about the Bill of Rights. With fun games, raps, lessons, and collaborative activities, the collection has something for everyone.
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Political Systems

For Teachers 9th - 12th
Designed for social studies classes, this collection of lessons examine both the history and the current state of US government institutions, policies, and economic programs.
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The Constitution, Federalism, and the States

For Teachers 9th - 12th Standards
The divide between federal and state government is responsible for much of tension that continues to this day, partly because of the US Constitution. The activities in the 14th lesson plan in a series of 20 are designed to help learners...
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Preserving the Bill of Rights

For Students 8th - 12th Standards
Consider how America's founding fathers and their experiences contributed to the rights we all enjoy today. A collection of reading, writing, and collaborative exercises prompt high schoolers to think about the ways their current lives...
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Congressional Committees and the Legislative Process

For Teachers 9th - 12th
Students consider the importance and influence of congressional committees. They research congressional committee assignments, jurisdictions and responsibilities as illustrations of the basic principles of American federalism.
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Federalism

For Students 7th - 12th Standards
Federalism divides power to protect individual rights while giving the government enough power to be effective. The concept comes from a balance the Founding Fathers struck between authority and freedom. Scholars explore the relationship...
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The Constitutional Convention

For Students 7th - 12th Standards
The Founding Fathers are larger than life in history books, but an engaging video resource brings them up close to your pupils. As viewers meet the founders in the National Constitution Center's Signers' Hall, they learn about the...
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Federalism, the Commerce Clause, and the Tenth Amendment

For Students 9th - 12th Standards
How do the state and federal governments relate to each other? The Constitution has a lot to say about that! Using an interactive online tool, pupils explore the Tenth Amendment. They apply their knowledge to political cartoons and news...
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2017 AP® Human Geography Free-Response Questions

For Students 10th - 12th Standards
How have urban planners tried to attract people to cities? What can be done about booming birth rates in some parts of the world? How does a country's political structure affect the well being of its people? Scholars investigate these...
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Federalism: Crash Course Government and Politics #4

For Students 9th - 12th Standards
Who has the power? Learners investigate the concept of federalism in the United States government and politics. They view a short video to understand and discuss the concept of who controls the laws around health care, taxes, and even...
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Power Play

For Students 7th - 12th Standards
Should states or the federal government have more power? With this fantastic online interactive, your pupils will be charged with the task of identifying arguments that support either federal or state power.
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McCulloch v. Maryland

For Teachers 6th - 12th Standards
Beginning with an intriguing anticipatory question on whether the teacher or the school handbook has more authority, your young citizens will proceed to discover how the landmark case McCulloch v. Maryland defined the supremacy of the...
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Constitutional Period Parade

For Teachers 5th - 8th Standards
What a unique and creative way for class members to summarize what they have learned about the United States Constitution! Here you will find project guidelines for learners to work independently on designing a float to represent a topic...
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Constitutional Principles

For Students 8th - 12th
Keep track of constitutional principles with a graphic organizer. Pupils define, describe the origins of, and note down the location of the following terms: checks and balances, federalism, individual rights, limited government, popular...
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State Power: Got a Reservation?

For Teachers 6th - 12th Standards
Using a federal power cheat sheet and readings on delegated powers of the national government in the United States, your young citizens will evaluate a hypothetical list of proposed laws for the state of "Pendiana". They will then...
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Practice Test: The Constitution and Democracy

For Students 9th - 12th Standards
Here is a standard multiple-choice test that covers important democratic events and institutions in the history of the United States. Topics covered include federalism, organization and contents of the Constitution, and major Supreme...
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Constitution Lecture 5: Federalism vs. Nationalism

For Teachers 9th - 12th
What is the difference between federalism and nationalism and how did those differences shape the US Constitution? This is the focus of lecture five in a series on understanding the US Constitution. Centralized powers, the role of the...
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Millionaire: History Review Game (Chapter 3)

For Teachers 8th - 10th
What better way to review the development of American government, than with a game? Play a Millionaire-style game to review topics like, the Bill of Rights, the branches of government, the Articles of Confederation, and federalism....
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Defending the Homeland--The Alien and Sedition Acts of 1789

For Teachers 9th - 12th
Students explore that there have been times during the history of the US when ,in response to real and perceived threats, both domestic and foreign, our country has responded by passing legislation. Students trace the fundamental rights...
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The Civil War

For Teachers 9th - 12th
Although we currently focus on Abraham Lincoln's positive contributions in creating a more equal society, the truth is that Lincoln was actually a controversial character in his time! After studying the Civil War, give your high...
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Lesson 9: Culminating Activity for Constitutional Principles

For Teachers 12th
Twelfth graders examine how the Constitution ensures individual rights. In this U.S. Constitution lesson, 12th graders consider separation of powers, checks and balances, federalism, and popular sovereignty as they create graphics and...
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Lesson 7: Constitutional Principles: Federalism

For Teachers 12th
Twelfth graders examine federal and state powers. In this U.S. Constitution lesson, 12th graders read excerpts of the Federalist Papers and discuss the "Supremacy Clause." Students respond to questions about the roles of federal and...
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The Juvenile Death Penalty

For Teachers 9th - 12th
Sensitive material is discussed in this lesson. Please review to ensure that the content is suitable for your class. The topic is the Eighth Amendment and how the U.S. Supreme Court makes determinations about what constitutes cruel and...
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Alexander Hamilton and the Roots of Federalism

For Teachers 5th - 8th
Explore the origin of political parties in the United States. Learners work in groups to read and analyze copies of the "Report on Manufactures" written by Alexander Hamilton. Then, they complete a worksheet comparing the Federalists to...
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The Supreme Court: Define and Classify the Powers Associated with Federalism

For Students 9th - 12th Standards
Federalism may sound to some like one, big vocabulary word ... but it is much more than that. A short video introduces class members to the powers associated with the Supreme Court and its role in balancing the powers under federalism.
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Marshall's View of Federalism

For Students 9th - 12th Standards
A short video traces for viewers how John Marshall's concept of federalism developed from the time he was a soldier to the time he became Chief Justice of the Supreme Court.? Scholars learn about Marshall's evolving view of federalism...
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Lesson 21: Drafting a Constitution

For Teachers 12th
Twelfth graders compare American governments to other governments of the world. In this government lesson, 12th graders research the government structure in several countries, share their findings with their classmates, and determine the...
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Lesson 12: Constitution /Federalism

For Teachers 12th
Twelfth graders examine the U.S. Constitution. In this American government lesson, 12th graders read the Preamble and 7 Articles of the Constitution. Students complete a handout titled "A Student's Guide to the Constitution" and discuss...
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Lesson 11: The Preamble

For Teachers 12th
Twelfth graders examine the opening statement of the U.S. Constitution. In this Preamble instructional activity, 12th graders paraphrase the Preamble and then discuss what it means to Americans today.
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Lesson 8: Constitutional Principles: Federalism

For Teachers 12th
Twelfth graders consider the powers that national government has as part of a federal system. In this government lesson, 12th graders research the national and state powers in the American government system and complete a graphic...
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The Constitution: What It Says and What It Means

For Teachers 5th Standards
New ReviewLearners get the chance to act as representatives to the Constitution Convention, and must decide whether or not to recommend your state ratify the new framework. After examining the Constitution line-by-line, they consider their...
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Article III WebQuest

For Teachers 6th - 12th Standards
Why is Article III of the constitution so significant? Pupils discover the importance of Article III and how it relates to past as well as current events by completing Internet research using a provided handout. They learn everything...
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The Power of Judicial Review

For Students 6th - 12th Standards
Marbury v. Madison is arguably the most important landmark case in the history of the Supreme Court. A fact-filled lesson provides background information about the case and two others related to the concept of judicial review. Scholars...
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The Judge and the Jury

For Students 6th - 12th Standards
Unless you are a lawyer, you might not understand just how unrealistic Law and Order and other legal dramas actually are. Here's a great resource to help scholars of criminology gain a more realistic perspective. The lesson outlines the...
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The Federalist Papers and The Federal Judiciary

For Teachers 9th - 12th Standards
Pupils work in groups or as individuals to read about and then discuss the Federalist Papers. To finish, they write essays about an assigned topic dealing with the Federalist Papers and the federal judiciary.
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Federalism

For Teachers Higher Ed
Students become familiar with the Federalist papers and the work of the federal government.  In this federalism instructional activity, students find similarities and differences between state and federal government.
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Marbury v. Madison (1803)

For Teachers 9th - 12th
Students examine federalism and judicial review. In this Supreme Court lesson, students examine primary documents from Marbury v. Madison and discuss the implications of the decision.
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Lesson 1: The Need for a New Plan

For Teachers 12th
Twelfth graders determine why the Articles of Confederation failed. In this American government activity, 12th graders research the Articles of Confederation as a loose federal plan of governing. Students investigate the issues that...
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Lesson 17: Economic Bill of Rights

For Teachers 12th
Twelfth graders examine government spending. In this Economic Bill of Rights lesson, 12th graders explore consumer rights, individual economic decisions, and basic economic principles. Student then create a budget for the American...
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Lesson 20: Drafting a Constitution

For Teachers 12th
Twelfth graders compare the U.S. government to other country's governments. In this government lesson, 12th graders research the concept of federalism and discuss world governments. Students then write constitutions for imaginary countries.
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Dual Federalism

For Teachers 9th - 12th
Students compare and contrast the roles of federal and state governments in the United States. In this government lesson, students research state and national governments' joint and individual powers prior to debating a topic relevant to...
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Government and Politics

For Students 11th - 12th
After a class lesson the U.S. Constitution and its amendments, students can apply their knowledge to this activity. Several questions prompt students to add missing key terms, such as the year the Constitution was written and the number...
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The Federal Period 1780 - 1820

For Teachers 8th - 12th
Within this unit, pupils evaluate the prosperity of a New England town during the Federal Period. Throughout the unit, students are looking for evidence of prosperity by examining artifacts such as inventories, tax lists, and photos to...
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The Powers of National and State Government

For Teachers 9th - 12th
Young scholars define term federalism, identify the powers granted to state and national government, and identify powers shared by the state and national governments.
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The Laws of the Land

For Teachers 7th - 11th
Students examine state quarters and discuss how national and state agencies worked together to create them. They examine state laws and national laws to see how they differ. They explore the process for making a law.
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The U.S. Supreme Court

For Students 6th - 12th
How do Supreme Court justices determine which cases to consider? What happens when the Supreme Court decides not to take a case?  The lesson explores important questions and others in the field of criminology. It focuses on the appeals...
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Levels of the Federal Courts

For Students 6th - 12th
The Supreme Court gets all the glory, but very few federal cases make it to the highest court. An interesting lesson explores the structure of the lower levels of the federal court system. In addition to outlining the organization of...
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State Courts vs. Federal Courts

For Students 6th - 12th
Popular culture often portrays the Feds as the most fearsome of law enforcement agencies. Yet, someone charged with a crime is considerably more likely to end up in a state court. The lesson, one of six covering the Organization of the...
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The Constitution

For Students 6th - 12th
Supreme Court justices debate the meaning of the US Constitution, but we expect teachers to explain it to scholars with far less training and experience. A daunting task for sure, but it's not insurmountable with resources that simplify...
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Dividing the Powers of Government

For Teachers 9th - 12th
Who does what? To develop an understanding of the balance of power between the US federal and state governments, class members research responsibilities in terms of legal systems, security issues, economic activities, lawmaking, and...
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7th Grade Social Studies: Test Release Items

For Teachers 7th
Test release items can be a big help for getting the class ready for the end of the year state exams. Prep your 7th graders with 30 release questions in PowerPoint form. Questions cover US government/civics, US geography, and US history. 
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Constitution & US Government: Vocabulary

For Teachers 8th
What do your young historians know about the Bill of Rights, US Constitution, and early US government? Use each of the 20 slides to review, preview, or check for understanding related to early American history. 
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Federalism and the Division of Power

For Students 7th - 8th
Test your U.S. history class on what they know about Federalism and the division of power. There are 5 matching and 5 multiple choice questions to solve. Questions relate to the American federal system, US Constitution, national...
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Federalism, School Safety, and Congress

For Teachers 9th - 12th
High schoolers study federalism and Congress's power under the commerce clause. They examine the processes used by the Supreme Court and apply them to school safety issues.
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Federalism and the Prevention of Abuse of Power in the US Federal Government

For Teachers 4th
Fourth graders stud Federalism and identify examples of abuse of power.
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The Federalist Papers

For Teachers 7th - 8th
Learners identify the Articles of Confederation and explain why it failed. They explain the argument over the need for a bill of rights in the Constitution and James Madison's role in securing its adoption by first Congress. Finally,...
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Separation of Powers

For Teachers 6th - 8th
Students compare the role of federal and local government. For this government lesson, students watch "Separation of Powers." Students discuss the federal and state powers prior to participating in a simulation that requires them to...
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America 2000: Federal Round Table Discussion

For Teachers 8th
Eighth graders examine the United States Constitution and identify the beliefs and values Americans follow today. In groups, they compare and contrast state's rights and federal rights and the issues affecting them. They debate the...
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Arguments Against Ratifying the Constitution

For Teachers 7th - 8th
Students define federalism, Federalist, and Anti-Federalist, debate issue of ratification in classroom convention, and take vote on whether to add bill of rights. Three lessons on one page.
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Who Has the Power?

For Teachers 5th - 8th
Students explore the concept of federalism and the purpose of government. How government powers are acquired, used, justified, and the rights and responsibilities of citizens are investigated in this lesson.