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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.
|Day||Topics||Key Terms and Concepts Covered|
|Monday||Fundamentals 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;|
|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;|
|Powers possessed by local governments;|
State government powers and issues faced at the state level
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.'
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.
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.
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.
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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