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Should We Have a President? | America From Scratch

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Legislative, judicial, executive—the founding fathers of the United States set up the three branches of government to act as a system of checks and balances. But what if the presidency was eliminated? Viewers of a short video consider the question and even suggest alternatives to the current system of electing a president every four years.

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CCSS: Adaptable
Instructional Ideas
  • Have groups chart the amount of local media attention given to local issues versus time given to presidential coverage
Classroom Considerations
  • Part of the "America From Scratch" BPS series
  • The order of the videos does not matter
  • Requires individual copies of the viewing questions worksheet
Pros
  • As an enrichment exercise, the worksheet includes a link to a related article
Cons
  • None
Common Core