• This unit will be covering the State government- how the state government is structured and its functions, the lawmaking process, and how the state government works with the federal government.

    We will be covering two Florida State Standards this unit. They have been broken down into smaller categories and clarifications that we will be studying:


    • SS.7.C.3.4: Identify the relationship and division of powers between the federal government and state governments.
      1. Students will define the system of federalism.
      2. Students will analyze how federalism limits government power.
      3. Students will compare concurrent powers, enumerated powers, reserved powers, and delegated powers as they relate to state and federal government.
      4. Students will analyze the issues related to the Tenth Amendment of the U.S. Constitution
    • SS.7.C.3.8 (State)/SS.7.C.3.9 (State): Analyze the structure, functions and processes of the legislative, executive and judicial branches.
      1. Students will examine the processes of the legislative (e.g., how a bill becomes a law, appointment confirmation, committee selection), executive (e.g., executive order, veto, appointments), and judicial (e.g., judicial review, court order, writ of certiorari, summary judgment) branches of government.
      2. Students will identify examples of laws at the state level (statutes).
      3. Students will explain the lawmaking process at the state level.
      4. Students will identify leadership titles and roles of the state government.
      5. Students will identify state lawmakers.



    Unit Essential Question: What is the structure, function and the processes of the federal and state government of Florida and how do they depend upon each other?



    Lesson Essential Questions:

    • What is federalism?
    • How is power divided between the federal and state governments?
    • What are the processes of the legislative, executive, and judicial branches of government?
    • How are laws made at the state and federal government?