This federalism research assignment uses contemporary American social issues to reinforce the topic of federalism. It utilizes topics such as gun control, same sex marriage, and the legalization of marijuana and highlights the tension between state and federal powers. Students will conduct research, look at current events, and present findings that will prompt discussion in the classroom. This assignment is intended for AP Government students, but may be used with regular government classes as well. The file includes a student handout of directions, a rubric, discussion questions, and a few additional notes to the teacher of how the assignment may be adjusted if desired.
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