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SS.7.C.3.13 - Comparing the U.S. and Florida Constitutions

What You Need to Know:

Student Review Reading for SS.7.C.3.13

Compare the constitutions of the United States and Florida.


Benchmark Clarifications:

  • Students will identify the purposes of a constitution (provides a framework for government, limits government authority, protects the rights of the people). Read more!

  • Students will recognize the basic outline of the U.S. and Florida constitutions (both have articles, amendments, and preambles). Read more!

  • Students will compare the amendment process of the U.S. and Florida constitutions. Read more!

  • Students will recognize the U.S. Constitution as the supreme law of the land. Read more!

Example One (Low Complexity)

Which part of the Florida Constitution protects individual rights?

A. Declaration of Rights

B. Bill of Rights

C. Amendments

D. Preamble


Example Two (Moderate Complexity)

The Venn diagram below compares some features of the U.S. and Florida constitutions.


Which feature completes the Venn diagram?

A. created property taxes

B. established a zoning board

C. required a balanced budget

D. guaranteed individual freedoms


Example Three (High Complexity)

The headline below describes an action by citizens.


What conclusion can be drawn from the headline?

A. Citizens can be involved in policy making through their representatives.

B. Citizens can be directly involved in policy making.

C. Only elected officials may change constitutions.

D. Only elected officials make policy.


C.3.13 - Vocabulary

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FLDOE Civics Tutorials

courtesy of FL Department of Education

Discovery Education


  • State Government (total length 4:01) from TLC Elementary School: Separation of Powers

Civics on Demand

Additional Resources

Coming Soon!

Textbook Review


Chapter 6, Section 3 - p. 168-170

Chapter 8, Section 1 & 2 - p. 202-211