Lesson Plan

Presidential Veto and Congressional Override

One of the key powers of the executive branch is the president's ability to pass or veto legislation proposed by Congress. Congress, the legislative branch, on the other hand, can override a president's veto. Five film clips show how the system of checks and balances between the two branches works.

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Instructional Ideas
  • Have class members research who was the first president to have a veto overturned as well as other vetos that were overturned
Classroom Considerations
  • Presumes class members have a solid understanding of the workings of the three branches of government as well as of the checks and balances in place
Pros
  • The footage of actual events gives viewers insight into how the process works
Cons
  • The clips end mid-sentence and leave viewers wondering what would be said next