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Power Play

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Title:

Power Play

URL:

https://www.icivics.org/node/407729/resource?referer=curriculum/play/all&page_title=Curriculum%20All%20Games

Content Source:

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iCivics
Type: Interactive/Game

Overview:

In this interactive game from iCivics, students will learn how to win power for state or federal government as they coach a team of players to develop persuasive arguments toward their side. Weaker arguments will make a player fall or even move the power toward the other side. This game can be played during a lesson on powers of state and local governments for reinforcement or after as an assessment. It can be played in a whole group or individually.

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Content Standard(s):
Social Studies
SS2010 (2010)
Grade: 7
Civics
5 ) Compare duties and functions of members of the legislative, executive, and judicial branches of Alabama's local and state governments and of the national government. (Alabama)

•  Locating political and geographic districts of the legislative, executive, and judicial branches of Alabama's local and state governments and of the national government (Alabama)
•  Describing the organization and jurisdiction of courts at the local, state, and national levels within the judicial system of the United States (Alabama)
•  Explaining concepts of separation of powers and checks and balances among the three branches of state and national governments (Alabama)
Unpacked Content
Strand: Geography, History, Civics and Government
Course Title: Civics
Evidence Of Student Attainment:
Students:
  • Relate the organization, duties and functions of state and local government examining how they compare and contrast to the organization, duties and functions of the federal government.
Teacher Vocabulary:
  • branches: executive, legislative, judicial
  • duties
  • functions
  • organization
  • jurisdiction
  • federal
  • districts
  • separation of powers
  • checks and balances
Knowledge:
Students know:
  • The functions of each of the three branches of the Federal Government and the three branches of Alabama's government.
  • The functions of the local government.
  • The organizational structure of local, state and Federal Courts.
Skills:
Students are able to:
  • Locate state and federal political districts and geographic districts in Alabama on a map.
  • Cite evidence in primary source documents to support important concepts of American Government.
Understanding:
Students understand that:
  • The structure of government at the federal and state level and the unique duties and functions of each are set forth by the U.S. and Alabama Constitutions.

    Alabama Alternate Achievement Standards
    AAS Standard:
    SS.AAS.7.5- Define the three branches of government; recognize the function of each branch of government as making laws, enforcing laws, or reviewing laws; identifying concepts of separation of powers and checks and balances.


    Social Studies
    SS2010 (2010)
    Grade: 10
    United States History I: Beginnings to the Industrial Revolution
    4 ) Describe the political system of the United States based on the Constitution of the United States. [A.1.a., A.1.b., A.1.d., A.1.g., A.1.i.]

    •  Interpreting the Preamble to the Constitution of the United States; separation of powers; federal system; elastic clause; the Bill of Rights; and the Thirteenth, Fourteenth, Fifteenth, and Nineteenth Amendments as key elements of the Constitution of the United States
    •  Describing inadequacies of the Articles of Confederation
    •  Distinguishing personalities, issues, ideologies, and compromises related to the Constitutional Convention and the ratification of the Constitution of the United States, including the role of the Federalist papers
    •  Identifying factors leading to the development and establishment of political parties, including Alexander Hamilton's economic policies, conflicting views of Thomas Jefferson and Alexander Hamilton, George Washington's Farewell Address, and the election of 1800
    Unpacked Content
    Strand: Economics, History, Civics and Government
    Course Title: United States History I: Beginnings to the Industrial Revolution
    Evidence Of Student Attainment:
    Students:
    • Describe the political system of the United States based on the Constitution of the United States and the factors that influenced its development.
    • Identify and analyze factors that have lead to the various interpretations of the Constitution and related documents.
    Teacher Vocabulary:
    • political system
    • elements
    • distinguishing
    • ideologies
    • conflicting
    Knowledge:
    Students know:
    • The inadequacies of Articles of Confederation and how these lead to the writing of the Constitution.
    • Personalities, issues, ideologies, and compromises related to the Constitutional Convention and the ratification of the Constitution of the United States.
    • The purpose and effects of the Federalist Papers.
    • Details of the political system of the United States based on the Constitution of the United States.
    • How to interpret the Preamble to the Constitution.
    • The purpose of the separation of powers and how this works in the U.S. federal system.
    • The meaning and purpose of the elastic clause.
    • The purpose of the Bill of Rights and the effects of these amendments.
    • Factors leading to the development and establishment of political parties, including Alexander Hamilton's economic policies, conflicting views of Thomas Jefferson and Alexander Hamilton, George Washington's Farewell Address, and the election of 1800.
    • The reasons for and effects of the Thirteenth, Fourteenth, Fifteenth, and Nineteenth Amendments.
    Skills:
    Students are able to:
    • Analyze and describe the political system of the United States based on the Constitution of the United States by giving a verbal or written account with characteristics of the political system.
    • Interpret the Preamble of the Constitution, separation of powers, federal system; elastic clause, the Bill of Rights; and the Thirteenth, Fourteenth, Fifteenth, and Nineteenth Amendments by examining these parts.
    • Describe the inadequacies of the Articles of Confederation by giving a verbal or written account of the weaknesses.
    • Distinguish personalities, ideas, issues, ideologies and compromises related to the Constitutional by highlighting these differences.
    Understanding:
    Students understand that:
    • The Constitution replaced a weak Articles of Confederation and provides the basis for governing the United States.

    Alabama Alternate Achievement Standards
    AAS Standard:
    SS.AAS.10.4- Understand that the U.S. Constitution is our plan of government.
    SS.AAS.10.4a - Define the amendments including the Bill of Rights.
    SS.AAS.10.4b - Define the major provisions of the Constitution including the separation of powers, checks and balances, the three branches of government - executive, legislative, and judicial.
    SS.AAS.10.4c - Identify the strengths and weaknesses of the Articles of Confederation.


    Social Studies
    SS2010 (2010)
    Grade: 12
    United States Government
    4 ) Explain how the federal system of the United States divides powers between national and state governments. (Alabama)

    •  Summarizing obligations that the Constitution of the United States places on a nation for the benefit of the states, including admitting new states and cooperative federalism
    •  Evaluating the role of the national government in interstate relations
    Unpacked Content
    Strand: Economics, History, Civics and Government
    Course Title: United States Government
    Evidence Of Student Attainment:
    Students:
    • Illustrate how the federal government and states either work together or separately on policy issues dependent on the powers assigned to their respective level of government by citing examples.
    Teacher Vocabulary:
    • enumerated power
    • concurrent power
    • reserved power
    • implied power
    • Elastic Clause
    • federalism
    • cooperative federalism
    • dual federalism
    • fiscal federalism
    • block grant
    • categorical grant
    • formula grant
    • project grant
    • unfunded mandate
    • 10th Amendment
    Knowledge:
    Students know:
    • Which powers are given to the state and federal governments.
    • The relationship between state and federal governments in their policy-making goals.
    Skills:
    Students are able to:
    • Categorize a power as it applies to a specific level of government.
    Understanding:
    Students understand that:
    • The federal system of government utilized by the United States provides both benefits and responsibilities to the states and federal government by dividing powers between the two levels of government.

    Alabama Alternate Achievement Standards
    AAS Standard:
    SS.USG.AAS.12.4- Define federalism; describe how powers are divided between the federal and state governments.


    Social Studies
    SS2010 (2010)
    Grade: 12
    United States Government
    5 ) Compare specific functions, organizations, and purposes of local and state governments, including implementing fiscal and monetary policies, ensuring personal security, and regulating transportation. (Alabama)

    •  Analyzing the Constitution of Alabama of 1901 to determine its impact on local funding and campaign funding (Alabama)
    •  Describing the influence of special interest groups on state government (Alabama)
    Unpacked Content
    Strand: Economics, History, Civics and Government
    Course Title: United States Government
    Evidence Of Student Attainment:
    Students:
    • Differentiate between roles and responsibilities of local and state functions as well as identify areas in which their power is concurrent.
    • Analyze the Alabama Constitution of 1901 to identify how its key components impact the relationship of funding between state, local, and special interest groups.
    Teacher Vocabulary:
    • home rule
    • local funding
    • campaign funding
    • special interest group
    • lobbying
    • fiscal policy
    • monetary policy
    • city council
    • county commission
    • mayor
    Knowledge:
    Students know:
    • Key features and concepts of the Alabama 1901 Constitution.
    • Differences between monetary and fiscal policy as well as how these differ between state and local levels, including differences amongst localities.
    • Purposes and functions of special interest groups.
    Skills:
    Students are able to:
    • Compare state and local governments on a given characteristic in how they relate to one another in the state of Alabama.
    Understanding:
    Students understand that:
    • The similarities and differences in the roles and powers of local and state governments using the Alabama Constitution of 1901 illustrate the impact of such on local funding, campaign funding, and the role of special interest groups.

    Alabama Alternate Achievement Standards
    AAS Standard:
    SS.USG.AAS.12.5- Identify the responsibilities of state and local governments.


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