Federalism divides power to protect individual rights while giving the government enough power to be effective. The concept comes from a balance the Founding Fathers struck between authority and freedom. Scholars explore the relationship between the national, state, and local governments using a simple yet helpful video resource.

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CCSS: Adaptable
Instructional Ideas
  • Create discussion questions to brainstorm examples of federalism
  • Ask scholars to research the powers given to national, state, and local governments
Classroom Considerations
  • Video is adaptable to a variety of classes, as it does not presume extensive background in the Constitution
  • Relatable examples help pupils understand how federalism works
  • Graphics demonstrate difficult concepts for learners
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