Comparing Constitutions (WA)

Lesson Plan

How does Washington’s state constitution compare and contrast with the U.S. Constitution? In this lesson, students will find out! Guide your class through some basic similarities and differences as well as side-by-side text analysis with this lesson’s integrated reading/activity format.


  • Determine how the Washington State Constitution complements the federal structure of government in the United States
  • Compare the state government established by the Washington Constitution with the federal government defined in the U.S. Constitution
  • Compare and contrast rights protected by the Washington and U.S. Constitutions
  • Compare and contrast methods for amending the Washington and U.S. Constitutions