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Why Do We Separate Power?

For Teachers 9th - 12th
Students investigate the separation of powers that are outlined in the Constitution. The lesson includes essential questions that are used to guide the research. The information is used to increase knowledge of how power is used in...
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U.S. Constitution - Checks and Balances

For Teachers 11th - 12th
Students examine the separation of powers of the branches of the U.S. federal government. In this U.S. Constitution lesson, students listen to a SMART Board supported lecture on checks and balances of the Judicial, Legislative, and...
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Essentials of the US Constitution

For Teachers 10th - 12th
Students determine how the content of the U.S. Government enables the U.S. Government to function. They examine the roles and functions of the three branches of government and how the separation of powers and checks and balances affect...
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Constitutional Acts (Chapter 3)

For Students 10th - 12th
Help your learners review constitutional acts in this review activity, which could also be used as a class quiz. Five matching questions and five multiple choice questions address checks and balances, the powers of the Senate and House,...
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Constitutional Issues: The Separation of Powers

For Teachers 9th - 12th
Students research and stage a debate on the question: RESOLVED that the Constitution should be amended to provide for a parliamentary system of government. They debate if a parliamentary system of government might be better.
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Lesson 4 James Madison: Internal Improvements Balancing Act—Federal/State and Executive/Legislative

For Teachers 9th - 12th Standards
Who has the power? The founding fathers asked the same question when the United States was formed. Learners explore issues that arose during Madison’s presidency that raised constitutional questions. Through discovery, discussion, and...
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Introduction to the Constitution: The First Three Articles of the Constitution, Separation of Powers

For Teachers 9th - 12th
Students review the first three articles of the United States Constitution. In groups, they examine the three branches of government and their function. They follow the path of a bill until it becomes law and discuss Congress' role.
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Facing History and Ourselves

The Nazis in Power: Propaganda and Conformity

For Teachers 9th - 12th Standards
The Nazis used the power of propaganda to encourage confirmative views and the discrimination of Jews. A social studies resource illustrates these issues through discussion, image analysis, and a writing exercise.
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Constitutional Issues: Separation of Powers

For Teachers 11th - 12th
Learners discribe the principle and the history of separation of powers.
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Separation of Powers

For Teachers 6th - 12th Standards
In a fun and informative simulation, your learners will act in groups as lead chefs, menu writers, and nutrition inspectors in deciding a new school lunch menu. They will then compare and contrast their experience to the interaction...
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Carolina K-12

Principles of the US Constitution

For Teachers 8th Standards
After breaking into groups according to major principles of government (i.e., popular sovereignty, separation of powers, checks and balances, etc.) in the United States, your class members will produce public service announcements...
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Branches of Government

For Students 5th - 8th
After reading a short text on the branches of government in the United States, future voters answer 8 fill-in-the-blank questions, as well as 11 true or false questions. This worksheet would be a great homework assignment or silent...
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Judicial Learning Center

The Power of Judicial Review

For Students 6th - 12th Standards
Marbury v. Madison is arguably the most important landmark case in the history of the Supreme Court. A fact-filled lesson provides background information about the case and two others related to the concept of judicial review. Scholars...
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The Role of the Judiciary in a System of Separation of Powers and Checks and Balances

For Teachers 9th - Higher Ed
Students determine the difference between the different branches of government and assess the role of each within the American governmental system.
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Branches of U.S. Government

For Students 7th - 8th
In this branches of U.S. government worksheet, students answer 3 questions for each branch concerning separation of powers, then give examples from the textbook for the use of checks and balances for each branch.
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Checks and Balances

For Teachers 7th - 8th
Students take a closer look at the responsibilities of the Legislative, Judicial, and Executive branches. In this U.S. government lesson plan, students read articles 1, 2, and 3 of the Constitution and then use Venn diagrams to compare...
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Multiplying By Powers of Ten (E)

For Students 7th - 8th
In this powers of ten worksheet, students multiply whole numbers by powers of ten. This four-page worksheet contains approximately 40 problems. Answers are listed on a separate page.
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Judicial Branch of California

Separate But Equal - Is It Black or White?

For Teachers 4th - 6th Standards
The story of Ruby Bridges and the case of Brown vs. The Board of Education are fantastic tools for discussing the concept of separate but equal. Kids tackle some big questions about what is fair, what is civil, and what rights or laws...
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Separation of Powers: Checks and Balances

For Teachers 9th - 12th
Students discuss the reasons for separation of powers between the branches of government. They list the branches and identify the powers and functions of each.
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Separation of Powers

For Teachers 8th
Eighth graders explore and explain the responsibilities and limits of our national system of government. After reading various selections documenting the viewpoints of the federalists and anti-federalists and the separation of power,...
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Separation of Powers

For Teachers 8th
Eighth graders research the three branches of government and examine the effect that the separation of powers has on the presidency. They explain the importance of the rule of law in establishing limits on both those who govern and the...
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Separation of Powers Between the Three Branches of

For Teachers 10th - 12th
Students investigate the concept of the three branches of government by dividing into three teams. They record the powers of the three branches.
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Claim Your Power

For Teachers 4th
Fourth graders analyze the branches of the Texas government and identify its powers and characteristics. The separation of powers and checks and balances are identified.
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Judicial Branch of California

Planet Fourth Grade is Researching the U.S. Constitution

For Teachers 4th Standards
Using the Constitutional Convention as a model, learners create their own governments. Other activities to explore the American Constitution include creating posters to help explain the Bill of Rights. 

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