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Students analyze Article 1 of the Constitution. They respond to the Public Criticism E-Learning module.
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.
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.
Seventh graders explain the steps by which a bill becomes a law. They research how a bill becomes a law within the three branches of Utah's government and synthesize their research and discussion in a classroom representation of government.
Students explore the contributions of Lyndon B. Johnson. In this congress lesson plan, 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.
Students investigate hate crime legislation. In this hate crime lesson, students examine the Matthew Shepard and James Byrd, Jr. Hate Crimes Prevention Act Students explore the fine between hate crime legislation and First Amendment rights.
Students explore the departments within the judicial and executive branches of United States government and create a trivia game to test their knowledge.
In this government lesson plan, students are introduced democracy and the idea of checks and balances. In groups, students research one particular branch of government and record their findings on a graphic organizer. Students then complete a jigsaw activity, where the experts teach the other groups.
Students consider the relationship between Congressional members and special interest groups. In this legislative branch lesson, students conduct research to identify donations made to Congressional committee members by lobbyists.
Students explore the role of Congress. In this legislative branch lesson, students examine how House and Senate members formulate policy. Students identify community issues and discuss how they can bring these issues to the attention of their Congressional representatives.
Students explore the three branches of government. They create a graphic diagram to show each branch of government. Students include the qualifications for service and duties of each branch of government in their graphic diagram.
Fourth graders research the branches of the government. In this government lesson, 4th graders explore each of the branches and the checks and balances system. They look at the federal government and the Constitution. 
Learning about the three branches of government can be fun. Pupils learn about government using the resource links provided, answer questions, and create a PowerPoint presentation on the legislative branch.
Students explore the role of Congressional members. In this legislative branch lesson, students examine how House and Senate members formulate policy as they research the topic and write essays regarding their findings.
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.
Students read case studies about the leaders in the legislative branch of government. After reading the studies, they discover how the leaders have compromised on issues to best serve their states. They answer discussion questions and identify the roles lawmakers have played in public life.
Ninth graders consider how the Bill of Rights impacts the lawmaking process in the United States. In this Bill of Rights lesson, 9th graders discuss the amendments and their limitations. Students research the role of the Legislative Branch and create presentations that feature their findings. 
Young scholars complete a unit on the three branches of government. They compare/contrast the three branches of government, write a letter or e-mail to an executive in the Federal Government, and develop outlines for historical documents.
Learners research and examine Florida's government and the three branches of government. They write and present campaign speeches that explain the reasons why they would be the best candidates for governor.
In this United States government worksheet, 5th graders examine a diagram of, and read about the three branches of government. They read about the Supreme Court, Congress, and the President before answering 10 online fill in the blank questions. They correct their questions online.