Objective: Explain how societal needs affect the constitutional allocation of power between the national and state governments.
Starter: What is the minimum age to obtain a driver's license in the United States?
1.How accurate was your prediction?
2.Why don't we have a national minimum driving age?
3.Do you think the driving age should be altered?
4.Is this good news or bad news?
5.How do you think accident rates compare in South Dakota (14.3) and New Jersey (17)?
6.Can a 14 year-old with a valid South Dakota license drive in New Jersey?
7.How do you think the US compares to the rest of the world?
8.Would you be willing for your state to raise the driving age by two years if your state also simultaneously lowered the drinking age by two years?
9. Do you think there should be a maximum driving age?
Word of the Day
Interstate / Intrastate
- Define it.
- Use it in a sentence.
- What part of government controls interstate issues?
- What part of government controls intrastate issues?
We're going to watch a documentary about medical marijuana, but really, it's a documentary about federalism. As you watch, try to find government buzzwords and any connections you can make to the relationship/power struggle between state governments and the U.S. government.
- What does this video have to do with federalism?
- Do you think states should make laws that contradict federal law?
- When the state and federal law are at odds, who wins?
- How much power should the Attorney General have to decide how to enforce laws?
- Do you agree with Chris Williams’ sentence?
- Why isn’t the U.S. shaded as only one color in the map above?
Arrangements of Central and Regional Governments
The vast majority of the countries of the world have unitary governments, where laws are standardized throughout the nation. The U.S. does not. Today, we'll see why and examine various advantages and disadvantages of each.
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Closer: Did the Framers make the best decision by adopting federalism for the United States?
- Make a claim here!
- Support your claim with TWO pieces of accurate and relevant information.
- Use reasoning to explain why your evidence supports your claim.
- Respond to an opposing or alternative perspective.