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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 activity, they vote on the bill and discuss how it can be brought up for review.
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.
Sixth graders research the legislative branch and complete related activities. In this legislative branch instructional activity, 6th graders read a book about the major functions of the US legislature and keep notes. Students complete a worksheet 'legislative jargon' and access the USA government website to complete it. Students then make a cube for the information about the branch of government.
High schoolers engage in a good lesson on the court system. Learners will examine how the Judiciary affects the executive and legislative branches of government. The develop and discuss arguments for and against greater public influence over the Judiciary. This incredibly detailed, 14-page plan has everything you need to successfully implement it with your young scholars. Highly recommended!
Learners 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,
Students explore the contributions of Lyndon B. Johnson. In this congress lesson, students listen to their instructor lecture on the prowess of Lyndon B. Johnson's legislative skills. Students respond to discussion questions connected to the lecture and participate in a legislative simulation.
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.
Learners 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. Learners also consider the steps in the legislative process and find out they still work today. Students create PowerPoint presentations based on their findings.
Learners use the worksheet 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.
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.
Students investigate Congressional responsibilities. In this U.S. Constitution instructional activity, students explore the responsibilities of Congressional members and then write want-ads that feature the salary, skills, location, job requirements, and job benefits of House and Senate office holders.