Government Project

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    Introduction:

    - How does the United States government work?  
    - What does each branch of the government do?  
    - These questions will guide you work as you create a presentation that outlines the roles and responsibilities of
      each part of our government.  

    Task
    - Using your class notes, textbook, and selected web resources, you will create a Google presentation or poster 
     that shares your understanding of each branch of the United States government, and how they are connected to 
     each other by the system of checks and balances.  

    Process
    1. Review class notes, textbook, and selected websites (see Resources on class website) to gather understanding 
        of the roles and responsibilities of each branch of government.

    2. Create presentation or poster using the following guidelines:

    a. Slide #1: Title page (Include a picture, your name, and an original title)
    b. Slide #2: Executive Branch (include 3-5 facts that describe role/responsibilities, at least one real-world  
        example (ex. If you have a club house you may follow club house rules) and 1 image)
    c. Slide #3: Legislative Branch (include 3-5 facts that describe role/responsibilities, at least one real-world 
        example and 1 image)
    d. Slide #4: Judicial Branch (include 3-5 facts that describe role/responsibilities, at least one real-world 
        example and 1 image)
    e. Slide #5: Checks & Balances (tell how each branch keeps the others from gaining too much power)
    f.  Slide #6: Free Choice :) (explain further facts not mentioned on other slides)
    g. Slide #7: Credits (list all websites and other sources you used on this slide)
    (The real world example should be something that you make up where the duties are similar to the duties of the branch.)

    3. You can share with me your presentation. Posters will be handed in.

    4. Edit your presentation for spelling, and grammar.  Review the project rubric to see that you have met (or exceeded) all expectations.

    5. After/while completing your presentation, explore the sites/games listed below
    http://www.usmint.gov/kids/games/branchesOfPower/
    http://www.sheppardsoftware.com/usa_game/government/index.htm
    http://pbskids.org/democracy/be-president/
    http://bensguide.gpo.go/3-5/lawmaking/index.html

    Resources: (copy and paste the URL into your browser)
    Executive Branch
    http://www.whitehouse.gov/our-government/executive-branch/
    http://bensguide.gpo.gov/3-5/government/national/executive.html
    http://www.usa.gov/Agencies/Federal/Executive.shtml

    Legislative Branch
    http://www.whitehouse.gov/our-government/legislative-branch/
    http://bensguide.gpo.gov/3-5/government/national/legislative.html
    http://www.usa.gov/Agencies/Federal/Legislative.shtml

    Judicial Branch
    http://www.whitehouse.gov/our-government/judicial-branch/
    http://bensguide.gpo.gov/3-5/government/national/judicial.html
    http://www.usa.gov/Agencies/Federal/Judicial.shtml

    Other Resources
    http://www.factmonster.com/ipka/A0774837.html
    http://www.trumanlibrary.org/whistlestop/teacher_lessons/3branches/1.htm
    http://mrnussbaum.com/government/

    Have fun!