How Do Executive Orders Work?

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What is an executive order? Why was it created? How does it differ for other tools available to the executive branch of the government? Introduce the concept with a short video that outlines the what, when, and why of the executive orders.

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CCSS: Adaptable
Instructional Ideas

  • Have groups research executive orders, presidential memoranda, presidential determinations, and presidential decrees and present their findings to the class
  • Ask groups to research an executive order of a recent president, examine arguments for and against the order, and the impact of the order
Classroom Considerations

  • The video examines executive orders in a very general sense; use it to introduce a more in-depth study of the tool

  • The resource includes the video, a comprehension check, links to related materials, and a discussion question

  • Lacks specifics that clarify the power and limitations in the tool
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