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SS.7.C.3.2 - Systems of Government

Reporting Category 1: Origins and Purposes of Law and Government

Reporting Category 1: General

Enlightenment Ideas: SS.7.C.1.1

Impact of Key Documents: SS.7.C.1.2

English Policies: SS.7.C.1.3

Declaration of Independence: SS.7.C.1.4

Articles of Confederation: SS.7.C.1.5

Preamble of the Constitution: SS.7.C.1.6

Separation of Powers and Checks & Balances: SS.7.C.1.7

Federalists and Anti-Federalists: SS.7.C.1.8

Rule of Law: SS.7.C.1.9

Sources & Types of Laws: SS.7.C.3.10

Reporting Category 2: Roles, Rights, and Responsibilities of Citizens

Reporting Category 2: General

Citizenship: SS.7.C.2.1

Obligations of Citizens: SS.7.C.2.2

Bill of Rights & Other Amendments: SS.7.C.2.4

Constitutional Safeguards & Limits: SS.7.C.2.5

Constitutional Rights: SS.7.C.3.6

13th, 14th, 15th, 19th, 24th, & 26th Amendments: SS.7.C.3.7

Landmark Supreme Court Cases: SS.7.C.3.12

Reporting Category 3: Government Policies and Political Processes

Reporting Category 3: General

Political Parties: SS.7.C.2.8

Qualifications for Political Office: SS.7.C.2.9

Monitoring & Influencing Government: SS.7.C.2.10

Media & Political Communications: SS.7.C.2.11

Public Policy: SS.7.C.2.12

Multiple Perspectives: SS.7.C.2.13

U.S. Domestic & Foreign Policy: SS.7.C.4.1

Participation in International Organizations: SS.7.C.4.2

U.S. & International Conflicts: SS.7.C.4.3

Reporting Category 4: Organization and Function of Government

Reporting Category 4: General

Forms of Government: SS.7.C.3.1

Systems of Government: SS.7.C.3.2

Three Branches of Government: SS.7.C.3.3

Federalism: SS.7.C.3.4

Amendment Process: SS.7.C.3.5

Structure, Function, & Processes of Government: SS.7.C.3.8

Court System: SS.7.C.3.11

United States & Florida Constitutions: SS.7.C.3.13

Government Obligations & Services: SS.7.C.3.14

What You Need to Know:

Student Review Reading for SS.7.C.3.2

Compare parliamentary, federal, confederal, and unitary systems of government.


Benchmark Clarifications:

  • Students will define parliamentary, federal, confederal, and unitary systems of government. Read more!

  • Students will compare the organizational structures of systems of government. Read more!

  • Students will recognize examples of these systems of government. Read more!

  • Students will analyze scenarios describing various systems of government. Read more!

Example One (Low Complexity)

Which government system gives states the most power?

A. confederal

B. federal 

C. parliamentary

D. unitary


Example Two (Moderate Complexity)

The table below shows a comparison of two different systems of government.

C32 Moderate

Which information completes the table?

A. power shared/power delegated

B. rule by a democracy/rule by a monarchy

C. role of government expanded/role of government limited

D. power divided among the branches/power held by one branch

Click for Answer & Explantions

Example Three (High Complexity)

The newspaper headline below described a historical event.

C32 High

What long term impact does this headline reflect?

A. protection of equal property rights

B. expansion of the right to privacy

C. protection of due process rights

D. expansion of the right to vote

Click for Answer & Explanations

C.3.2 - Vocabulary


FLDOE Civics Tutorials

Systematic approach
courtesy of FL Department of Education


Discovery Education


  • Confederal Government (total length 2:54) from Social Studies Video Vocab: Primary: Volume 01
  • Distribution of Power in the Federal Government, Skill Builder
  • Federal Government (total length 3:01) from Social Studies Video Vocab: Primary: Volume 01
  • Parliamentary Government (total length 2:03) from Social Studies Video Vocab: Primary: Volume 02
  • Unitary Government (total length 2:14) from Social Studies Video Vocab: Primary: Volume 02

Civics on Demand

Additional Resources

Textbook Review


Chapter 2, Section 2 - p. 34-37