Congress - Courts Keeping the Balance
In this checks and balances in U.S. government worksheet, students read a 5-paragraph selection regarding Congress and the Supreme Court and then respond to 3 short answer questions.
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New Review Elonis v. U.S.
With the explosion of social media sites, with online threats and cyber bullying, issues of freedom of speech have taken on a whole new aspect. Elonis v. U.S. represents the first time the Supreme Court has considered whether or not...
10th - 12th Social Studies & History CCSS: Adaptable
Who the People? Representative Democracy in North Carolina and Congress
Our elected officials are supposed to represent us, but what does it mean when they aren't like us? Budding citizens explore the demographic makeup of the US Congress, the role of money in political elections, and the Citizens United...
8th - 12th Social Studies & History
“You Better Check Yourself!”: Separation of Powers and Checks and Balances in the US Government
Through role playing as one of the three branches of government regarding a congressional decision made in 2000, learners explore the concept of separation of powers and checks and balances.
8th - 12th Social Studies & History CCSS: Adaptable
Separation of Powers: Understanding Checks & Balances
Students use an Act of Congress and a Supreme Court case to explore the checks and balances of the U.S. system of government. This excellent lesson plan uses a real-life case for students to explore how the government system works.
7th - 9th Social Studies & History