What’s the difference between Ohio’s state constitution and the U.S. Constitution? And how are these constitutions similar? This lesson helps students learn the answer by letting them get hands-on with side-by-side excerpts from both constitutions. Students will compare and contrast the government structure, individual rights, and amendment processes outlined by each document.

Learning Objectives

Students will be able to:

  • Determine how the Ohio Constitution complements the federal structure of government in the United States.
  • Compare the state government defined in the Ohio Constitution with the federal government defined in the U.S. Constitution.
  • Compare and contrast rights found in the Ohio and U.S. Constitutions.
  • Compare and contrast methods for amending the Ohio and U.S. Constitutions.
  • Consider Ohioans’ responsibilities to state and local governments.

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