Lesson Plan

What do state governments do? In this overview lesson, students learn about state government structure, functions, lawmaking, and relationship with local government.

Updated 11/19/14. If you used this lesson before that date, please take a look at the new version.


Students will be able to:

  • Describe the essential characteristics of state government.
  • Identify the purpose of a state's constitution.
  • Explain the impact of state agencies on citizens’ lives and property.
  • Identify the role of initiatives and referenda in the state lawmaking process.
  • Describe the role of state governments in providing services and regulating activity.