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Ch 3: Federalism in the United States Lesson Plans

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The Federalism in the United States chapter of this course is designed to help you plan and teach the American federalist system in your classroom. The video lessons, quizzes and transcripts can easily be adapted to provide your lesson plans with engaging and dynamic educational content. Make planning your course easier by using our syllabus as a guide.

Weekly Syllabus

Below is a sample breakdown of the Federalism in the United States chapter into a 5-day school week. Based on the pace of your course, you may need to adapt the lesson plan to fit your needs.

DayTopicsKey Terms and Concepts Covered
MondayFundamentals of federalism;
Evolution of Federalism
Definition of federalism, how its characteristics differ from other types of government, why it was adopted in the United States;
Federalism from 1787 to 1937 and how it changed over the years
Tuesday Federalism from 1937 until now;
Sovereignty in the American political system
Changes in federalism over the last century, including the impact of the Great Depression;
Definition of sovereignty, its history in the U.S.
Wednesday National and state government powers;
Devolution
How the Constitution divides power between the federal and state levels, Supreme Court decisions involving the division of authority;
Definition of devolution, examples and its impact on the country
Thursday Competing values of federalism;
Federal controls on state governments
Equality vs. participation;
Mandates and federal court rulings regarding what is under federal control
Friday Local government;
State government
Powers possessed by local governments;
State government powers and issues faced at the state level

10 Lessons in Chapter 3: Federalism in the United States Lesson Plans
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What is Federalism? - Definition & Factors of U.S. Adoption

1. What is Federalism? - Definition & Factors of U.S. Adoption

The United States government is based on federalism, with governmental power divided between several entities. This lesson explores federalism and explains the factors that led to its use in the U.S.

The Evolution of American Federalism: 1787-1937

2. The Evolution of American Federalism: 1787-1937

Though federalism is written into the United States Constitution, federalism hasn't always worked the same way. It has evolved over the course of American history. This lesson takes a look at the evolution of federalism through the Great Depression.

The Evolution of American Federalism: 1937-Present

3. The Evolution of American Federalism: 1937-Present

Federalism is written into the United States Constitution, but it hasn't always worked the same way. It has evolved over the course of American history. This lesson takes a look at the evolution of federalism from the Great Depression to today.

Sovereignty in the American Political System: Definition & History

4. Sovereignty in the American Political System: Definition & History

The United States is a sovereign nation with two levels of sovereignty. This lesson takes a look at the history of U.S. sovereignty, including the principles of dual sovereignty and nullification.

Division of Powers Between the National Government and the States

5. Division of Powers Between the National Government and the States

The U.S. Constitution uses federalism to divide governmental powers between the federal government and the individual state governments. This lesson explores this division of powers by looking at Supreme Court decisions.

Devolution: Definition & Examples

6. Devolution: Definition & Examples

Devolution is the transfer of certain powers from the federal government to the states. This lesson explains devolution and examines several programs that are a part of the 'devolution revolution.'

Competing Values of Federalism: Equality vs. Participation

7. Competing Values of Federalism: Equality vs. Participation

Federalism is designed to leave governmental power to the people, but there are two competing values of federalism: equality and participation. This lesson takes a closer look at federalism and at how these two ideals often conflict.

Federal Controls on State Governments: Mandates and Federal Court Rulings

8. Federal Controls on State Governments: Mandates and Federal Court Rulings

Though we have federalism, the federal government still controls certain aspects of state government. This lesson takes a look at the ways the federal government controls state government, such as federal court decisions and mandates.

What Is Local Government? - Definition, Responsibilities & Challenges

9. What Is Local Government? - Definition, Responsibilities & Challenges

Each of the 50 states has a state government. Within those states, each county and municipality also has a government. This lesson explains the organization of local governments and explores the powers and responsibilities of local governments.

What Is State Government? - Powers, Responsibilities & Challenges

10. What Is State Government? - Powers, Responsibilities & Challenges

The United States has a federal government and each of the 50 states has a state government. This lesson explains the organization of state governments, and explores the powers and responsibilities of state governments.

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