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US GOVERNMENT

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Cheryl Essex

on 19 September 2014

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US GOVERNMENT
Todays Lesson: US GOVERNMENT
LEARNING TARGETS: I can describe roles and responsibilities of US Citizens.
I can explain the relationship between rights, responsibilities, and duties with representative governments.
I can identify reasons for having 3 branches.
I can identify and describe a limited government.

BOX 2 Notes-Representative Democracy
BOX 1- Federal Republic
BOX 3 -Constitution
Amending the Constitution
NOTES- Box 4
TURN AND TALK . DISCUSS WITH TEACHER
AND THEN RECORD Question 5
Lets look at some amendments
WORKING WITH A PARTNER NAME AS MANY AS YOU CAN!
US Constitution

Checks and Balances is created by separating powers
Each branch of government was subject to
a number of constitutional restraints by the other braches.
Example = The President (executive branch) can veto a bill
Example = The Supreme Court could declare a law unconstitutional
Example = Advice and Consent: The Senate fails to confirm a candidate for the Supreme Court that the President nominated.

The U.S. Constitution

Separation of Powers
The Constitution distributes the powers of the National Government
among 3 branches,
Example = It is the job of the Legislative Branch to make laws,


Basic Principles

The Brevity of the U.S. Constitution

The Constitution is short, with fewer than 8,000 words.
It does not prescribe every detail.
There is no mention of political parties,
congressional committees or the President’s cabinet/bureaucracy.
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TURN AND TALK....Is it good to not 'prescribe' every detail?
Definition
A constitution is a nation’s basic law.
It creates political institutions,
assigns or divides
powers in government, and often
provides certain guarantees to citizens.

What is a Constitution?

BOX 3 Notes
So which is most powerful?
Turn and Talk:
Is dividing power good
or bad? Does it make individuals
have less or more rights?

Turn and Talk-
What does it mean to
represent?
Congrefs???
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