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Federalism.. State Your Opinion

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An Integrated, Interdisciplinary, Thematic, Standards-based Unit on Federalism This unit is important for students to learn because it is the pinnacle/foundation of the United States political system. Federalism is a recurring theme within the Social Studies curriculum and creates problems/controversies between the Federal Government and the fifty state governments. These problems arose during the Constitutional Convention and continue to cause controversies to this day. Some topics that are important for the students to know under this topic are: «History of Federalism «Arguments between the Federalists and the Anti-Federalists «Constitutional Convention «Division of Power between the Federal Government and States «Stateês Rights «Types of Grants «Federal Mandates both funded and unfunded «Current examples of how federalism impacts daily life «Current controversies between federal and state governments «Advantages to a federal system «Disadvantages to a federal system