Government Under the Constitution, Part One
How can a nation be strong and secure
The Constitution was written during a rough time in the history of the new nation. Civil war was threatening and the national government was too weak to control it. Under the Articles of Confederation the American states were too independent and the national government was too weak to do anything about it.
The Constitution was designed to do something new - to create a strong central government without giving too much of the strength to any one person or branch of the government. At the time it was written, the Constitution was new set of ideas about government and no one was sure what would happen. Of course, the new government succeeded beyond the wildest dreams of anyone at the time.
During this unit we are going to examine the structure of the government created under the Constitution in four key ways.
One The establishment of the three branches, how they work, and how they check each other.
Two The principles of democracy inherent in the Constitution.
Three How the Electoral College works.
Four What the amendments mean to us today.
During the first unit students will identify and describe the key functions of the branches of government, and identify the ways in which the interact and check one another.
Use the links provided in the right column.
Click here for a printed copy of the assignment.
Here is a link to a booklet of the United States Constitution.
Here is a link to the PDF file about Checks and Balances.
Here is a link to the PDF file about Enumerated, Reserved, Concurrent, and Denied Powers.
Here is a link to the detailed process of how a bill becomes a law.
Here is a link to the simplified process of how a bill becomes a law.
Here is a link to the expanded view of how a bill becomes a law.