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AMERICAN GOVERNMENT 12th GRADE 2009-2010 CST 12.4
THREE BANCHES OF THE U.S. GOVERNMENT President Barack Obama Vice Pres. Joe Biden Legislative Executive Cabinet Members and...
Legislative Branch   What do they do? What are the two houses called? Check out the United States Constitution Article 1 W...
Executive   Branch <ul><li>A.K.A    </li></ul>President Barack Obama Department Secretaries, and Cabinet Members Where is...
Judicial Branch Sonia Sotomayor Ruth Bader Ginsberg Stephen Breyer Antonin  Scalia A.K.A.   U.S. Supreme Court Justice Jo...
Objective of the Lesson   <ul><li>Is to be able to: </li></ul><ul><li>Identify the 3 branches of American government </li>...
U.S. CONSTITUTIONAL POWER GRAB GAME <ul><li>Students/class divide into three groups branches of government </li></ul><ul><...
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  1. 1. AMERICAN GOVERNMENT 12th GRADE 2009-2010 CST 12.4
  2. 2. THREE BANCHES OF THE U.S. GOVERNMENT President Barack Obama Vice Pres. Joe Biden Legislative Executive Cabinet Members and Department Secretaries Judicial A.K.A  Associate Justices Chief Justice John Roberts Retired Associate Justices
  3. 3. Legislative Branch What do they do? What are the two houses called? Check out the United States Constitution Article 1 Where can you find Congress’ job description? Speaker of the House Who is she? What state is she from? CONGRESS Name this object Name of this building Pres. of the Senate House Majority Pres. Pro Tempore Minority Leader A.K.A. 
  4. 4. Executive Branch <ul><li>A.K.A  </li></ul>President Barack Obama Department Secretaries, and Cabinet Members Where is the White House located? Street address ? The Administration President Barack Obama Vice President Joe Biden First Lady Michelle Obama Dr. Jill Biden The Cabinet White House Staff Executive Office of the President Vice President Joe Biden What is the Cabinet? Where can you find the U.S. President’s job description? What exactly is the President’s responsibilities and authority? Check out the United States Constitution Article 2
  5. 5. Judicial Branch Sonia Sotomayor Ruth Bader Ginsberg Stephen Breyer Antonin Scalia A.K.A.  U.S. Supreme Court Justice John Paul Stevens Chief Justice John Roberts Anthony Kennedy Clarence Thomas Samuel Alito Sandra Day O'Conner David Souter Retired Justices What is the function of the Supreme Court? Where can you find the Justice’s responsibilities and authorities? Check out the United States Constitution Article 3 How does a person become a Supreme Court Judge? Where is the Supreme Court located? How many Justices preside currently?
  6. 6. Objective of the Lesson <ul><li>Is to be able to: </li></ul><ul><li>Identify the 3 branches of American government </li></ul><ul><li>Describe the function of each branch of government. </li></ul><ul><li>Explain how the “checks & balances system functions </li></ul><ul><li>Describe the “separate” to the other branches of government </li></ul><ul><li>Explain how amendments functions </li></ul><ul><li>Legislative Branch makes the laws </li></ul>Executive Branch Enforces the laws Judicial Branch Interprets the laws
  7. 7. U.S. CONSTITUTIONAL POWER GRAB GAME <ul><li>Students/class divide into three groups branches of government </li></ul><ul><li>Teacher will ask the questions </li></ul><ul><li>A branch of government will have to an opportunity for an unconstitutional “power grab” </li></ul><ul><li>Remaining two branches have two minutes to prove from the Constitution (amendments included) by Article, section and clause, why the power grab is unconstitutional. </li></ul><ul><li>All three branches are checking for “checks & balance” </li></ul><ul><li>Person/team shout “check” when s/he finds the appropriate check and respond immediately, if wrong the alternating between branches until the two minutes are gone or answer is correct </li></ul><ul><li>10 points for correct checks </li></ul><ul><li>If no one gets the correct answer the branch grabbing the power gets 5 points </li></ul><ul><li>No penalty for wrong answer </li></ul><ul><li>1 question for per team. </li></ul>Materials needed U.S. Constitution Holt American Government textbook Paper, pen/pencil Markers Class notes CONGRESS EXECUTIVE JUDICIAL

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