History 8-1, Assignment Eight, Government Under the Constitution, Part One

 

 

 

Assignment Eight
Government Under the Constitution, Part One

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How can a nation be strong and secure
liberty at the same time?
the constitution

 

Description

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 three 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.

Objectives

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.

Special instructions

Use the links provided in the right column.

Vocabulary

  • Senate
  • House of Representatives
  • Executive Branch
  • Legislative Branch
  • Judicial Branch
  • Reserved Powers
  • Concurrent Power
  • Enumerated Powers
  • Denied Powers
  • Separation of Powers
  • Checks and Balances
  • Popular Sovereignty
  • Veto
  • Bill
  • Override

Rubric

 

 

Links

Printed files

Click here for a printed copy of the assignment.

Media files

Here is a link to the booklet you received in class of the United States Constitution.

 

Online files

Here is a link to the PDF file about Checks and Balances we used in class.

Here is a link to the PDF file about Enumerated, Reserved, Concurrent, and Denied Powers we used in class.

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.