When studying U.S. History particularly, it's helpful for students to understand the differences between the powers of the governments that exist within a country. In this activity, students will create a T-Chart that compares and contrasts the powers of federal and state governments. While both governments are a part of the same country, it's very clear that not all of the states are governed the same from the state level. This power difference can be interesting for students to investigate.
Students should either choose or be assigned one of the fifty U.S states and compare the powers delegated to that state with those of the federal government. Students should represent three powers reserved to each of the respective governments. Listed below is a helpful reference to differentiate between some of the powers reserved to states and the federal government.
Students should either create an additional T-Chart, or add to the one from the activity that represents the differing laws between two states. Some of the potential topics for these laws:
Grade Level 6-8
Difficulty Level 2 (Reinforcing / Developing)
Type of Assignment Individual or Group
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Create a T Chart that compares and contrasts the powers of federal and state governments.
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