In Government class, we are discussing the Constitution, and kids have been getting tripped up with understanding the various powers granted to state and federal governments. In their defense, these powers are a little confusing; all of them overlap, and some appear to be almost identical on first reading. The powers are:
- Expressed Powers
- Enumerated Powers
- Delegated Powers
- Implied Powers
- Inherent Powers
- Reserved Powers
- Concurrent Powers.
Imagine trying to explain the difference between Expressed Powers and Enumerated Powers to a high schooler. It is no picnic, let me tell you. I know that my brain does’t really function in lists; it works in webs, in overlapping pools, in multi-colored sparks, but not in linear lists. Why do I expect my students to do the same? Answer: I don’t. Here is an infographic I whipped up to help students better understand the way the constitutional powers overlap:
I like this because it is simple, clean, and clearly explains the relationships between the powers. I also made a fill-in-the-blanks version, to be used as a formative assessment. The idea here is to get students to call out what they think goes in each blank. All I have to do is throw the picture up on my projector and start asking questions. It takes less than 10 minutes, but it helps me get a good idea of where my students are in their knowledge. Here it is:
Like it? Let me know in the comments!