Instructional Video

Separation of Powers and Checks and Balances: Crash Course Government and Politics #3

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Scholars analyze why the Founding Fathers separated the governmental powers into three branches. They use evidence from a short video clip, the third in a 50-part series, to draw conclusions on the importance of having checks and balances in the American system. 

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CCSS: Adaptable
Instructional Ideas
  • Create groups that represent the three branches of government and role play passing a bill into law
  • Develop guiding questions for class members to answer while viewing the video
Classroom Considerations
  • Requires Internet access if assigning the Crash Course video clip as homework
  • This video is hosted on YouTube
  • Lesson includes the clone zone to differentiate instruction 
  • Provides primary photography and video clips to enhance the lesson for visual learners
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