What is the Federal System Created by the Constitution?

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Explore the unique structure of the federal system of government in the United States. Class members will learn about how most nations were organized before the establishment of the Constitution, how power is currently divided between federal and state governments, and what conflicts could potentially arise as a result of this system.

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CCSS: Adaptable
Instructional Ideas

  • Give reading material as homework assignment, and have class members respond to problem solving questions on a separate sheet of paper
  • Be sure to check out the second of the suggestions for supplemental activities, which asks learners to look for modern examples of controversies over the division of power between state and federal government
Classroom Considerations

  • Lesson is primarily based in reading informational text and direct instruction, so may be useful to design an accompanying graphic organizer or incorporate more hands-on activities
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