Crash Course Government Episode Worksheet | 3 - Separation of Powers & Checks and Balances
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Understanding American Government: Separation of Powers & Checks and Balances Lesson Help students grasp the complex structure of American government with this engaging video lesson on separation of powers and checks and balances. This 2-page printable worksheet features 15 comprehension questions to guide students as they watch the lively 8-minute Crash Course Government video explaining how power is divided in the US system. The video's upbeat host makes constitutional concepts like the three branches of government feel relevant to teens' lives today. Pausing the fast-paced animated lecture to complete the worksheet gives students a chance to process key ideas. An answer key allows independent checking of responses. Use this stand-alone lesson to introduce separation of powers and checks and balances or to review the topics before an exam. The highly shareable Crash Course format also makes an excellent small group activity for social studies students from middle school through high school. Assign it as homework and carry on the discussion when students come back to class. This engaging combination of multimedia video and printable handout brings dry civics concepts to life for 21st century digital leaners.
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