Lesson: Federalism - PowerPoint, Lesson Plan, Smart Board Activity, Multiple Choice Test, Worksheet, Flipped Class Video & More
This lesson teaches students about Federalism – the sharing of power between the national, state and local levels of government. Students will learn about the separation of powers and responsibilities between the three levels. The various labels of “expressed” or “delegated powers” for the national government, “concurrent powers” for shared, and “reserved powers” for the states are shown with a Venn Diagram, which is usually shown on state Civics and US Government exams. Specific powers and responsibilities are shown throughout the lesson. Students will learn how the 10th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution established the concept and name for state powers, as well as how Article VI of the Constitution, aka the Supremacy Clause, established the hierarchy of state laws and constitutions in relationship to federal laws and the U.S. Constitution. Students are also introduced to the Federal System of Government and various “fed” words that have been covered this year. There is also an overview of how the three branches of government are set up at all three levels of government and what their responsibilities are. An over of the lawmaking process at all three levels is provided as well. Students are introduced to the concept of Layer Cake Federalism v. Marble Cake Federalism, as well as how the size and scope of the Federal Government has increased over the years as highlighted by FDR’s New Deal program in response to the Great Depression. Finally students are left with the concept of the continuing debate over responsibilities of Federal v. State Governments as seen through the eyes of the Federalists and Anti-Federalists and today’s Democrats v. Republicans.
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