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Ch 53: Federalism in the US - ORELA Middle Grades Social Science

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Learn about federalism and its role in U.S. government, including its evolution over time and subsequent effects on laws and court rulings. Use these video lessons and quizzes to prepare for related content in the ORELA Middle Grades Social Science exam.

Federalism in the US - ORELA Middle Grade Social Science - Chapter Summary

Lessons in this chapter provide an overview of the adoption of federalism in the United States, its impact on different eras of government, and the subsequent devolution of federalism. These lessons will assist you in gaining the thorough understanding of federalism needed to be successful in the ORELA Middle Grade Social Science exam. By the end of this chapter, you will be able to:

  • Define federalism
  • Describe the evolution of American federalism
  • Define sovereignty in American government and describe its history
  • Understand the division of power between national government and the states in the U.S.
  • Define and give examples of devolution
  • Conceptualize equality and participation as competing values of federalism
  • Describe the organization and responsibilities of local and state governments

Our knowledgeable instructors will walk you through each topic and will show you how to use these lessons to prepare for your exam. Engaging video lessons provide interesting ways of learning and arm you with tactics to easily comprehend the information presented.

Federalism in the US - ORELA Middle Grades Social Science Objectives

The ORELA Middle Grades Social Science exam is a commonly required exam for teacher certification in Oregon. The lessons in this Federalism in the US chapter cover information found in the government portion of the exam, which constitutes about 19% of the ORELA Middle Grades Social Science test. The video lessons guide you through the information you need to be successful. Self-assessment quizzes test your retention of each lesson and prepare you for the types of questions you'll see on the ORELA exam.

This ORELA Middle Grades Social Science exam is multiple-choice, and has approximately 150 questions in its entirety. Sections of the exam other than government include history,, geography and culture, and economics.

10 Lessons in Chapter 53: Federalism in the US - ORELA Middle Grades Social Science
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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