iCivics: Intro to FederalisM
- What are some powers that the government has?
- What is the difference between the federal government and state governments? The federal government has authority over the entire nation; state governments have authority within state borders.
- Do state governments and the federal government have different powers? Do they share any? The Constitution delegates some powers to the federal government. All the rest are reserved to the states. Some powers, like the power to tax, are shared.
- What was your goal in this game? (Answer like this: “To find arguments that _____.”)
- To find arguments that supported the side the student was playing for. In this game you had to take a stand for state or federal government power. How was that different from the way state and federal power works in real life? In real life, many government powers are shared.
- Did any of the arguments you saw in the game seem unreasonable to you?
- What might happen if all government power belonged to the federal government? To the states?
Some things to consider include the nation’s ability to protect itself; the need for certain rules to be uniform across the country (i.e., immigration); people’s desire for as much individual freedom as possible; regional differences among states and populations
After you finish today's activity.