A collection of resources to support instruction on state and local governments as part of a secondary Civics course.

What is a Federal Republic?

by Bill of Rights Institute EDUCATING INDIVIDUALS about THE CONSTITUTION
The delegates to the Constitutional Convention embraced the difficult duty of crafting a government that appropriately distributed the power between the national government and the states. For the Founders, the principle of federalism was a means of protecting liberty by limiting and dividing government power. This lesson explores the principle of federalism, how it is constructed in the Constitution and examine the relationship between national and state powers.
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Crash Course: Federalism

by Jenny Sitkin
A video that describes the idea that in the United States, power is divided between the national government and the 50 state governments.
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In this lesson, students will explore the nature of state power as pre-existing the Constitution, as well as the limits states imposed on themselves when they created the Constitution.
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iCivics: Power Play

by Jenny Sitkin
An interactive game that helps students understand state and federal powers.
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Resources to use with students to addressing issues of federalism in regards to immigration policy.
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In this lesson, students will explore the varied functions and structures of local government as well as explore the services provided in their own municipality and beyond.
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A series of units focused on helping students understand local government and their civic responsibilities.
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An engaging talk that highlights the importance of local government.
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Experiential lesson focuses on the distribution of powers called federalism.
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A simple project to help students learn about their local government.
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Khan Academy: Federalism

by Jenny Sitkin
An instructional video about federalism in the United States.
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A short video that examines state and local governments.
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