“You Better Check Yourself!”: Separation of Powers and Checks and Balances in the US Government

This “You Better Check Yourself!”: Separation of Powers and Checks and Balances in the US Government handout & reference also includes:

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.

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CCSS: Adaptable
Classroom Considerations

  • This lesson will take some time to review and prepare before presenting to your class, but is a very rich and valuable resource
  • Learners may need a more detailed review of each of the branches before beginning the scenarios
Pros

  • Worksheets include role-playing scenarios, small group discussion prompts, primary and secondary source documents, and an assessment on the three branches of government
  • Very detailed instruction guidelines and talking points provided
Cons

  • None