Becoming the President

The Executive Branch

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The Executive Branch

Student’s learn how the Constitution established the Executive Branch and provided for the separation of powers and the relationship of the Executive Branch to the Legislative and Judicial Branches of the federal government. The powers granted to the Executive Branch are covered as well as the requirements for holding the office of President. Also, explains how the Presidency has evolved in terms of its influence and exercise of power since the Constitution was ratified.

Understand the role of the Executive Branch in our government.

  1. Students will understand how the executive branch was formed by our Founding Fathers.
  2. Students will know the attributes of a President.
  3. Students will name some of the people who support the Executive Branch.
  4. Students will understand the duties of the President and Vice President.
  5. Students will be able to describe our system of checks and balances.

  1. Start a classroom government. Either have students elect, or randomly assign a student to be classroom President. The class should act as congress and propose new classroom rules, or try to change existing rules. The President will have veto power. To ensure fairness, switch ‘President’s’ every week or two so that all students have the chance to lead the class.
  2. Dear Mr. President. Ask your students to think of an issue that concerns them about our country or to brainstorm ideas they have to make our country better. Have each student use formal letter writing format to compose a letter to the President. Have students mail their letters to the current president. Alternative activity: Ask students to pretend they live in another time and think of issues that affected people during that time. Write a letter to the president during that time. Of course, students will be unable to mail these letters; you can display them in the classroom instead.

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