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Seventh graders discover details about the responsibilities of the 3 branches of government in the United States. In this checks and balances lesson, 7th graders view a SMART Board supported lecture that reveals the jobs of the legislative, judicial, and executive Branch members.
Train young political analysts by following the plans outlined here. After reviewing the three branches of the government, small groups analyze the Broadcast Decency Enforcement Act of 2004, identify instances of checks and balances, and write their own bill about public policy and media. The bill is a complicated text, and while there is a jigsaw activity built in, more scaffolding might be necessary. Handouts and assignment sheets are all included in the file. The lesson is part of a larger unit plan; check out the rest of the lessons on the Take the Challenge website.
Seventh graders are introduced to the various departments within the Executive branch of Utah's government. In groups, they research the role of each department and develop questions to be asked during the trivia game. To end the lesson plan, they compete against each other in answering the questions they developed.
High schoolers explore the concept of a Presidential Cabinet. In this executive branch of the government instructional activity, students design an fictional cabinet using cartoon characters. High schoolers will explain and support who they chose for what positions and why.
Eighth graders examine the structure of state government. For this West Virginia government lesson, 8th graders research Internet and print sources for information about the branches of the state's government. Students use online resources to investigate the state's financial health and compile their findings into a graph.
Students examine the actions of the executive branch following the September 11th terrorist attacks. In this U.S. government lesson, students watch segments of a video titled "Behind the Scenes: The Executive Response to 9/11." Students respond to discussion questions regarding the twenty-two chapters of the video.
Students make an organizational chart. They show the relationship of power in the executive branch of the Illinois state government. They include the responsibilities of each office and define the roles and responsibilities of top officials in Illinois state government (e.g., Governor, Secretary of State).
Students study Presidential Reconstruction during the Civil War years. They examine the role of the Executive Branch of government, especially in wartime. They investigate the complex issues of how Congress took on the role of reconstructing the nation after the Civil War.
Middle schoolers are taught that there is more to executive branch of the federal government than the president and cabinet. They identify in pairs the names and fucntions of different departments under the executive branch of federal governemnt. Studnets work together to complete a flow chart of the different parts of the executive branch of the federal government.
Students read case studies about the leaders in the executive branch of government. After reading the study, they answer discussion questions and determine if the leader is a good fit for the job. They identify the characteristics and qualities of presidents and cabinet members.