Dual Federalism by tW51w6


									                                    Dual Federalism

Posted by: Eastridge, Chris

Email: cteast@cox.net

Grade Level: 9-12

State and National governmental powers.
Computer Research.

Students will see the similarities and differences in the State and National Governments.
Students will be able to practice studying vocabulary terms.
Students should be able to become more computer literate.
Students will be able to debate a point of view, regardless of how they actually feel.
Students should be able to freely discuss verbally what they have researched.

Intro Set:
In the next week we will look at powers that the states have and the National government
has and how they use these powers jointly and individually. We will also spend much
time researching a specific topic for a debate to be held at the end of the week.


Day 1- Begin by having your students do a Venn diagram with three circles and one area
where the circles over lap to show how the federal and state governments have shared
powers (Concurrent) and National powers (Delegated) and State (Reserved) powers. Go
to the website at
to find the powers that you will use to give your students notes. I would suggest that
before you do this ask your students 5-10 different questions of state and national rights
and have them figure out which one has the power to do these different things and then
have them take the notes for the day. When finished taking notes ask the following
1. Why does the state and federal governments have the power to tax?
2. What if the Constitution denied the federal government the right to tax, instead relied
on state contributions. What problems might occur because of this?
3. John Marshall once stated, “The power to tax involves the power to destroy” What did
he mean by that?
4. What keeps the state and federal governments from destroying?
Day 2-Begin day 2 by having your students go to a computer lab and logging on to
Here you will assign 15-20 of the words that relate to what you want your kids to know
and you will quiz them on these words for the end of the week. For example you may
choose the following words: Act, Amendment, Anti Federalist, bill, checks and balances,
concurrent powers, federalism, Federalists, gerrymandering, impeachment, judicial
review, ratification, redistricting, referendum, and veto. You can tell them that they do
not need to copy each one of these down but to copy and paste onto a new word
document that they can use for a study guide. In fact, check each student so they know
how to use this feature. Most likely ½ of your kids will know what they are doing and the
other will have no idea how to do this and you can spend your time helping these kids
learn this vitally important task. While your most advanced kids get done with this
project and you have graded it to make sure they have done it you can get them started on
the next phase of the assignment that will lead you from day 2 through 5.

Day 2 or 3
You will have your students prepare for a debate on the following subjects found at
You will then need to scroll down to The National High School Debate Topic. Now
depending on class size and how many students you prefer to work together on a given
topic will be up to you. I would suggest at least three of the topics listed such as Weapons
of Mass Destruction, Right of Privacy, and Education. These then all have their own links
that the kids can research and prepare for a spirited debate of 10 minutes each at the end
of the week and possibly extending into the next workweek. You will need to assign each
group with a position for and against so they know what side of the argument they will be
defending. Have them also present if these are State issues or issues for the National
Days 4-5-6 will be up to your discretion how much time your kids will need to be
prepared to debate their topics.

Hand pick your groups when it comes time for the debate- do not let them work with
friends because less work will be done as a group. You may need to give points to
students by simply staying on task (General class or advanced?)

The debate at the end of the week will be a great way to see if your students were focused
and using their time wisely. Students should be able to discuss in their debate the role of
both governments in their assigned topic. Many students should be more computer
literate by the end of the week.

Quiz on Vocabulary terms
Daily check of being on task



You may have kids use the newspaper for the debate because these topics are always in
the news.

The debate, glossary, and notes will all be found on the site at

Date submited: 07/29/2004

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