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Federalism in the United States

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Federalism in the United States


Content Source:

Khan Academy
Type: Audio/Video


This video from Khan Academy provides an overview of Federalism in the United States including exclusive and concurrent federal and state powers. This video can be used to introduce a lesson on Federalism.  It is 6 minutes and 3 seconds in length.

Content Standard(s):
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:
  • 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
Students know:
  • Which powers are given to the state and federal governments.
  • The relationship between state and federal governments in their policy-making goals.
Students are able to:
  • Categorize a power as it applies to a specific level of government.
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.

Tags: concurrent federal and state powers, Federalism
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Author: Ginger Boyd