TITLE: SEPARATION OF POWERS BETWEEN THE THREE BRANCHES OF GOVERNMENT AUTHOR: Tim Brennan, Weiser High School, ID GRADE LEVEL/SUBJECT: 10-12 OVERVIEW: In studying the development of the Constitution students have a difficulty understanding the checks and balances between the three branches of government. PURPOSE: The purpose of this lesson is to help students understand the concept of the three branches of government. By understanding the development of the these branches the students will better understand the decision making process by which our government lives. OBJECTIVES: 1. Students will list the specific powers of the three branches of government. 2. Students will give current examples of the system of checks and balances in the national government. RESOURCES/MATERIALS: Textbook and instructor to help groups develop their list. ACTIVITIES AND PROCEDURES: 1. Divide the class into three teams each representing one of the executive, judicial and legislative branches of government. 2. Each teach shall develop a list of powers for their branch of government. 3. Record the powers of each branch on the board from the list the students have developed. 4. Then start with any of their branch's powers. TYING IT ALL TOGETHER: Discuss current examples of how the governmental branches have used their checks on each other.
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