Separation of Powers Lesson Plan

Instructor: Sharon Linde

Sharon has a Masters of Science in Mathematics

Teach your students how the concept of separation of powers works in the United States with this Study.com lesson plan. Students view concept at differing levels, learn about branches of government, and apply concepts in an activity.

Learning Objectives

After this lesson, students will be able to:

  • define key terms
  • explain how the United States uses separation of powers
  • discuss three branches of government

Length:

  • 1 hour

Materials

  • Image showing any graphic of the three branches of government
  • Chart paper

Key Vocabulary

  • Separation of powers
  • Legislative branch
  • Executive branch
  • Judicial branch
  • Checks and balances
  • Judicial review

Curriculum Standards

  • CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RH.6-8.2

Determine the central ideas or information of a primary or secondary source; provide an accurate summary of the source distinct from prior knowledge or opinions.

  • CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RH.6-8.3

Identify key steps in a text's description of a process related to history/social studies (e.g., how a bill becomes law, how interest rates are raised or lowered).

  • CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RH.6-8.4

Determine the meaning of words and phrases as they are used in a text, including vocabulary specific to domains related to history/social studies.

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