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Using the State Curriculum: Social Studies, Grade 8

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Standard 1.0 Political Science

Topic C. Protecting Rights and Maintaining Order

Indicator 1. Examine the impact of governmental decisions on individual rights and responsibilities in the United States

Objective d. Describe the expansion of the powers of the national government in the decision of the landmark U.S. Supreme Court case McCulloch v. Maryland

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Case brief of McCulloch v. Maryland decision, with links to full text of court’s opinion
This summary of the McCulloch decision is part of the online companion to PBS’s history of the Supreme Court. This Web site also summarizes Gibbons v. Ogden and other early 19th century decisions that expanded federal power. Site links to lesson plans and other educational resources, including video clips, about the Court’s history.
“Balancing State and Federal Authority” lesson plan, from PBS’s history of the Supreme Court. Lesson contains video clips on John Marshall and the McCulloch case. Lesson is designated for high school, but can be easily adapted for middle grades students
“Our”’s guide to McCulloch v. Maryland
StreetLaw’s guide to the McCulloch case. Site contains resources and teaching suggestions for this and other Supreme Court decisions
35-minute dramatization of the McCulloch case. Provides teachers and students with an insightful account of the opposing perspectives on this case
“James Madison : The Second National Bank – Powers Not Specified in the Constitution” lesson plan, from the National Endowment for the Humanities’s “Edsitement” Web page. Lesson examines the conflict over constitutionality of the bank from Madison’s perspective. Lesson does not cover McCulloch, but does examine the meaning of the “elastic” clause
Bill of Rights Institute’s McCulloch v. Maryland Web page. Contains background information and suggested activity for teachers
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