Branches of Power

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Learners take on the roles of the legislative, judicial, and executive branches of government in the United States and work to develop public policy issues and ideas into laws in this engaging and well-designed online interactive.

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CCSS: Designed
Instructional Ideas
  • After learners have been taught how to use the interactive, have them play independently or with a partner for a class period. Then, follow up with a writing assignment on what they experienced, or assess them using the included PowerPoint presentation
Classroom Considerations
  • Best if introduced as a summary of the three branches of government, rather than to introduce any one branch
  • It will take a little time to get a firm grasp on how the game works, and from there, it would be most helpful for the instructor to explain the game to students
  • Requires free online registration
  • Instructions are nicely incorporated into game play and handout
  • Very complex interactive that illustrates essential roles of each of the three branches
  • PowerPoint presentation for assessment can be downloaded and edited
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