McCulloch v. Maryland

Lesson Plan

Students learn about the landmark case McCulloch v. Maryland, in which the Supreme Court clarified what kinds of actions Congress can take under the “necessary and proper” clause. Students find out what events led to this case, look at some examples of what “necessary and proper” could include, and examine the relationship between state and federal power under the Supremacy Clause.

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Students will be able to...
  • Explain how the supremacy of the national government was defined by the Supreme Court’s decision in McCulloch v. Maryland.
  • Describe how the landmark case McCulloch v. Maryland expanded the powers of the national government.
  • Identify the effect of the Supremacy Clause and the “Necessary and Proper” clause in the U.S. Constitution.