Lesson Plan

Dividing the Powers of Government

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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 education.


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Instructional Ideas
  • Divide the class into jigsaw groups, have each expert group investigate a different aspect of government, and then regroup and have experts share what they have learned
Classroom Considerations
  • The first in a series of 19 related resources designed for US government classes
  • The four-page packet includes a detailed plan, an assessment, a worksheet, and a graphic organizer
  • Provides minimal scaffolding for the activity