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Social Studies | Grade 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11 | Curriculums

The Three Branches of Government: Articles 1, 2, and 3

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This mini-unit, Lesson 5 of my unit, "Our Living Constitution," introduces students to the three branches of government.  Students will read the Constitution to identify each of the branches, requirements, responsibilities, and limits on each branch. The mini-unit includes various charts and graphs for students to complete and analyze, a jeopardy review game, a hard copy of the test as well as a google form test. The unit also comes with an annotated Constitution which will help students who have IEPs, are ESL learners, or are struggling readers. There are many interactive, group, and partner activities built into this mini-unit.

My unit: “Our Living Constitution” is designed using the Into, Through, and Beyond model of lesson planning. This lesson can be taught independently, but it does set the foundation for future lessons in the unit. All of the lessons in my "Our Living Constitution" unit can be purchased independently or as a bundled product

Here is a summary of what is in the unit:

  • Into Lessons: Creating Schema

Lesson 1: Overview of the Constitution of the United States of America Slideshow and Notetaker

Lesson 2: Origins of the Constitution Essential Terms and Notetaker 

Lesson 3: The Seven Principles of the Constitution

  • Through Lessons: Learning the Content

Lesson 4: Preamble and Preamble Project

Lesson 5: The Three Branches of  Government: Articles 1, 2, and 3

Lesson 6: How a Bill Becomes a Law and Project

Lesson 7: Federalism and the System of Checks and Balances

Lesson 8: Articles 4-7

Lesson 9: The Bill of Rights Unit (and a LIttle About Amendments 11-27)

  • Extras (from the Unit: Every Four Years… The Presidential Election)

Lesson 10: What Are Your Political Viewpoints?

Lesson 11: Major and Minor Political Parties

Lesson 12: A Brief History of Who Can Vote

Lesson 13: Nuts and Bolts of the Presidential Election

  • Beyond Lessons: Summative Assessments

Study Guides and Tests are included with many of the lessons

Two Comprehensive Projects to Assess Knowledge and Understanding

  • The Constitution is a Living Document Project

  • The Bill of Rights Explained Project 

What's Included

The lessons can be used independently as a supplement to what you already teach or as a whole. Every lesson includes the following: an Introduction or Purpose of the Lesson, Objectives, Learning Targets, Standards (California Common Core Standards), detailed Directions, and when applicable, charts, readings, questions, answer keys. Some lessons include summative assessments and rubrics. Opportunities for students to reflect on what they know are built into this unit and those can be used as formative and/or summative assessments.

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