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Makers of the Law, The Legislative Branch
Students, in teams, research the legislative branch and complete a "Legislative Information List." Teams research different parts of the list and jigsaw teach the other groups about each part. One group researches names of state officials.
3 Branches of Government
Fifth graders explain the process of making and passing laws within Congress by simulating this as a class. They review the three branches of government and focus on the legislative branch for the purposes of creating a bill.
Utah's Legislative Branch: How a Bill Becomes a Law
Seventh graders discover how a bill becomes a law in Utah. In groups, they decide on a law they would like to see enacted and discuss its chances of being passed by the legislative branch in Utah. They hold elections in which each classmate role plays a different member of the three branches. To end the lesson, they vote on the bill and discuss how it can be brought up for review.
Checks and Balances: Safe Harbor
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 plan is part of a larger unit plan; check out the rest of the lessons on the Take the Challenge website.
Identifying Legislators and the Legislative Process
Eleventh graders explore the legislative branch of the United States government. For this US Government lesson, 11th graders research a specific legislator. Students write an essay describing that legislators role in the government.
War-Making: The Use Of A Congressional Power
Students explain the sharing of powers between the Executive and Legislative branches in the war-making power. They also gain an insight into the events surrounding the declaration of war in 1941 and the Gulf of Tonkin Resolution in 1964.
Term Limits: When is Enough?
Students discuss the issue of term limits in the executive and legislative branches. They research the issue and create a pros and cons chart with the various opinions on Congressional term limits. In addition, they explore the 22nd Amendment, which limits the term of the President,
Making the Branches of Government Relevant
A discussion of the three branches of government can be a fascinating experience.
Congressional Power, Organization, the Differences Between the House and the Senate, and Criticisms Then and Now
High schoolers explore the role of Congressional members. In this legislative branch lesson, students examine the operation of the bicameral arm of the goverment as they analyze content of the Federalist Papers to determine why Congress is set up the way it is. High schoolers also consider the steps in the legislative process and find out they still work today. Students create PowerPoint presentations based on their findings.
Members of Congress Who Have Made a Significant Contribution
High schoolers examine laws that have benefited the nation in a variety of ways. The congressperson in the legislative branch of the government primarily responsible for the passage of the law and the current representatives are sought in this lesson.
Inside Straight: the Third Branch
Learners use the instructional activity as they view the film Inside Straight: the Third Branch. Multiple case studies and the history of the judicial branch of the US government are included via hyperlink and act as the topics of discussion throughout the lesson. Note: The video is not included but is available online.
Hut One, Hut Two ... Teams of the National Government: The Three Branches of Government
Eighth graders examine the three branches of government and the system of checks and balances.
True or False?: 3 Branches of U.S. Government
This true or false exercise covers basic knowledge about the branches of government. This worksheet is composed of 10 statements. Learners must determine if each statement is true or false. If it is false, they write in the correct answer. This would be a good way to see if your class is clear on the responsibilities of each branch of the government. Use it as a homework assignment or exit slip.
3 Branches of State Government
Fourth graders discuss what they think of when they hear the word government and write their suggestions on the board. They discuss what the state government is and what it does. They then discover the three separate branches of government and their responsibilities.
War Making: Executive and Legislative Powers
Learners examine executive and legislative powers. For this federal powers lesson, students determine who has the power to wage war in the U.S. government. Learners analyze the Constitution and research historical precedents regarding war-making policy.
The Three Branches of Government
Seventh graders discover details about the responsibilities of the 3 branches of government in the United States. In this checks and balances lesson plan, 7th graders view a SMART Board supported lecture that reveals the jobs of the legislative, judicial, and executive Branch members.
The Three Branches of Government (Legislative, Executive, Judicial)
Fifth graders compare the three branches of government to a three-legged chair. In this government lesson, 5th graders discuss the Founding Fathers, the Constitution, and checks and balances. Students study what each branch of government does and the names for each.
The Legislative Branch
Students examine the legislative stucture at the federal and state levels. In this legislative branch lesson, students conduct research regarding the structure of the legislative branches at the federal and state levels. Students also watch a filmstrip pertaining to Congress.
The Legislative Branch
Students explore the role of legislators. In this legislative branch lesson plan, students examine the legislative branch in all 3 levels of government and use the Internet to research their specific duties.
Students analyze Article 1 of the Constitution. They respond to the Public Criticism E-Learning module.