Learning Goal: Students will understand the structure, function, and processes of the Executive branch of government, as well as its role in the lawmaking process at the federal level.
SS.7.C.3.8: Analyze the structure, functions and processes of the legislative, executive and judicial branches.
SS.7.C.3.3: Illustrate the structure and function of the US government
SS.7.C.1.7: Describe how the Constitution limits the powers of government through separation of powers and checks and balances.
Task 1: Executive Branch reading
Directions: Read the attached file to the right titled "Executive Branch Reading and Questions" and answer the questions found in the file.
Task 2: Executive Command
Click on the link below and play "Executive Command."
WRITE A PARAGRAPH SUMMARY OF THE ROLE OF THE PRESIDENT IN THE EXECUTIVE BRANCH. (and anything else you learned from the game)
Task 3: Executive Powers
Congress passes the laws, but it's the executive branch departments that carry out these laws on a day-to-day basis. Your Senator does not deliver the mail; the United States Postal Service does! Your House member does not arrest someone for breaking a federal law; an FBI agent working for the Department of Justice does! Congress does not screen your luggage at the airport; the Department of Homeland Security does! All of the people who carry out these laws are part of the Executive branch. Remember, according to the Constitution, it’s the President’s job to see that laws get followed!
In the left column below are news articles that are organized by topic. Click on the different stories to read about the topics for that number. For numbers 1-8 below, figure out which presidential power or responsibility from the right column below matches up correctly with the articles and write it on your paper with a short explanation.
8 Presidential Powers and Responsibilities below
Sign (approve) or veto (reject) bills from Congress
Commander in Chief of the military
Ask his advisers, who lead parts of the government, for their opinion on different issues
Update Congress on how things are going in the country
Can choose new Supreme Court justices and appoint new cabinet members (with Senate approval)
Power to carry out the laws
Can make treaties with other countries (with Senate approval)
Can pardon someone for a crime, which gets them out of jail or stops the death penalty
Task 4: The President's Cabinet
Step 1: Read through the file to the right titled "Executive Branch Departments" and write down your answers in full sentences in your writing folder.