Choice Board: Expressed and Implied Powers

Article 1, Section 8 of the United States Constitution expressly lists powers given to Congress. Over the years, lawmakers have expanded the enumerated powers to include powers implied by the list. To better understand the significance of the idea of expressed and implied powers, class members use the supplied links to the C-SPAN Constitutional Clips website to investigate three expressed powers and the implied powers derived from them.

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Instructional Ideas
  • Enlarge and post the Expressed and Implied Powers worksheet and add information discovered during class research
  • If using as an online assignment, make a copy of the choice board before assigning to learners and model how to add information to the matrix
Classroom Considerations
  • Requires student access to computers with internet
  • Individuals can complete the choice board activity online using Google Classroom, Schoology or other platform
  • Instead of referring to Article 1 Section 8, in the video, Peter Sagal refers to Article 1 Section 3
  • The Necessary and Proper Clause is Article 1, Section 8, Clause 18 
  • The lesson is more appriopriate to high school civics and government classes
  • This resource is only available on an unencrypted HTTP website. It should be fine for general use, but don’t use it to share any personally identifiable information
  • The resource includes a vocabulary list, links to the video clips, discussion questions, and activities
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