Executive Branch Lesson Plan

Instructor: Kevin Newton

Kevin has edited encyclopedias, taught middle and high school history, and has a master's degree in Islamic law.

Few jobs are as challenging as the president of the United States. In this lesson plan, you'll be able to teach your students about the checks, balances, executive orders, and vetoes that come with being the head of the executive branch.

Lesson Objectives

By the end of this lesson, students should be able to:

  • explain the major functions of the executive branch of the US government
  • compare and contrast how the executive branch has changed throughout history
  • analyze how the system of checks and balances affects the executive branch

Length

30 minutes plus 30 minutes for activity

Curriculum Standards

  • CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RH.11-12.1

Cite specific textual evidence to support analysis of primary and secondary sources, connecting insights gained from specific details to an understanding of the text as a whole.

  • CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RH.11-12.4

Determine the meaning of words and phrases as they are used in a text, including analyzing how an author uses and refines the meaning of a key term over the course of a text (e.g., how Madison defines faction in Federalist No. 10).

Key Vocabulary

  • Executive branch
  • Checks and balances
  • Executive order

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