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SS.7.C.3.3 - Structure & Function of Government

What You Need to Know:

Student Review Reading for SS.7.C.3.3

Illustrate the structure and function (three branches of government established in Articles I, II, and III with corresponding powers) of government in the United States as established in the Constitution.

Overview:

Benchmark Clarifications:

  • Students will recognize the structure of the legislative, executive, and judicial branches. Read more!

  • Students will compare the roles and responsibilities of the three branches of the federal government. Read more!

  • Students will identify the general powers described in Articles I, II, and III of the U.S. Constitution. Read more!

Example One (Low Complexity)

Which branch of federal government makes laws?

A. bureaucracy

B. executive

C. judicial

D. legislative

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Example Two (Moderate Complexity)

The newspaper headline below describes an event in U.S. history.

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Which parts of the national government participated in the process described in the newspaper headline?

A. Senate and President

B. Supreme Court and President

C. House of Representatives and Senate

D. Supreme Court and House of Representatives

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Example Three (High Complexity)

The statement below is from a congressional document, July 27, 1974.

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How have similar statements influenced modern congressional actions?

A. presidential impeachment

B. presidential nomination

C. presidential election

D. presidential veto

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C.3.3 - Vocabulary

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FLDOE Civics Tutorials

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courtesy of FL Department of Education‚Äč

Discovery Education

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General

  • The American Revolution: From Colonies to Constitution: Shaping the Nation
    • Article One (total length 0:27)
    • Article Two (total length 0:12)
    • Article Three (0:14)
  • Distribution of Power in the Federal Government, Skill Builder
  • Government Organization and Leadership (total length 6:18, stop at 3:16) from TLC Elementary School: Understanding Good Citizenship
  • Lodge McCammon Songs: We the People (total length 2:56)
  • The Powers of Government in a Federal System (total length 3:58) from Standard Deviants School American Government: Federalism
  • This is Your Government: Branches of Government (total length 12:01)

The Legislative Branch

  • Congressional Powers (total length 2:23) from Standard Deviants School American Government: The Congress
  • The Differences (total length 1:31) from Our Federal Government: The Legislative Branch
  • House of Representatives (total length 1:40) from Our Federal Government: The Legislative Branch
  • Legislative Branch (total length 1:20) from Our Federal Government: The Legislative Branch
  • The Legislative Branch (total length 4:59) from The Almost Painless Guide: Legislative Branch
  • The Legislative Branch (total length 2:22) from Standard Deviants School American Government: The Three Branches of American Government
  • The Powers of the Legislative Branch (total length 3:40) from Federal Government: The Legislative Branch
  • The Process of Making Law (total length 2:39) from Federal Government: The Legislative Branch
  • The Senate (total length 1:05) from Our Federal Government: The Legislative Branch
  • The Senate and Congress (total length 3:17, stop at 1:05) from Just the Facts: The Constitution: The United States Constitution
  • Standards for Electing Representative (total length 2:12) from Just the Facts: The Constitution: The United States Constitution

The Executive Branch

  • Article Two: The Powers of the President (total length 4:46, stop at 3:30) from Understanding the Constitution: The Executive Branch
  • Conclusion (total length 1:00) from Our Federal Government: The Executive Branch
  • The Powers and Duties of the Executive Branch (total length 2:20) from Federal Government: The Presidency
  • Powers of the President and Checks and Balances (total length 1:53) from Understanding the Constitution: The Executive Branch

The Judicial Branch

  • Conclusion (total length 2:04) from Our Federal Government: The Judicial Branch
  • The Judicial Branch (total length 10:51) from the Almost Painless Guide: Judicial Branch
  • The Judicial Branch of the Government (total length 4:12, stop at 3:06) from Just the Facts: The Constitution: The United States Constitution (recommended for classroom use)

Civics on Demand

Additional Resources

General

Legislative Branch

Executive Branch

Judicial Branch

Check out this one page Guide to the U.S. Constitution!

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Textbook Review

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Chapter 3, Section 2 - p. 93-97