TAH Lesson 10: Protecting the States

Protecting the States

In this module you will view a presentation which  explains amendment 11 to the U.S. Constitution. …


One state cannot be sued by another country or person from another state in Federal Court.

Students will view/listen to a brief power point on the 11th amendment. Then they will read an actual Supreme Court case that deals with the 11th amendment. They will determine based upon the case how the Supreme Court ruled by completing an on line quiz.


In 1993 Congress passed the Family Medical Leave Act commonly called FMLA. The act guarantees family paid time off from work due to family illness, personal illness, giving birth and raising children. Under the FMLA a working citizen is guaranteed this time off. When the person returns to work they have the same position or equal position as they had previously before they took the leave. Under FMLA for example a parent whom has a child is guaranteed at least 40 paid works day off from their job.

In 2003, a group of citizens brought a lawsuit in federal court against the state of Nevada. Their lawsuit said that Nevada was not obeying and matching the federal law passed by Congress under FMLA.

Under the 10th amendment it states that each state has the ability to be sovereign (it’s own rights).

Or does the law passed by Congress effect each state equally (1st amendment and 14th amendment)? (1st amendment-right speech,religion,press, assembly and petition) (14th amendment all laws are applied equally to all citizens)

How do you think the Supreme Court decided?

Do you think the Supreme Court agreed to hear the case in court?

Do you think the court sided with Nevada or the citizen’s group?

Why do you believe this?

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