Ch 12: Composition & Roles of the Executive Branch: Lesson Plans

About This Chapter

The Composition & Roles of the Executive Branch chapter of this course is designed to help you plan and teach the facts about what the President and other government officials do for our country. The video lessons, quizzes and transcripts can easily be adapted to provide your lesson plans with engaging and dynamic educational content. Make planning your course easier by using our syllabus as a guide.

Weekly Syllabus

Below is a sample breakdown of the Composition & Roles of the Executive Branch chapter into a 5-day school week. Based on the pace of your course, you may need to adapt the lesson plan to fit your needs.

Day Topics Key Terms and Concepts Covered
Monday Bureaucracy: The president and the cabinet Relationship between the president and other parties, day-to-day government business, advisory board to the president, Office of Management and Budget, and independent regulatory agencies
Tuesday Candidates and staffing Contemporary nomination process, political party, delegates, national campaign, primaries, caucuses, general election, national party convention, election campaign, presidential appointments, PAS positions, PSs positions, advice and consent, appointment clause, and failed nominations
Wednesday Agencies and corporations Special services powers, regulatory powers, National Labor Relations Board, the National Security Council, the Central Intelligence Agency, government-sponsored enterprises, government-owned corporations, federally funded research and development centers, and quasi-official agencies
Thursday Powers of the president How partisan and national constituencies shape the president's decisions, checks and balances of power between the president and Congress, history of how presidential powers have changed, and procedures for how presidents create government policies
Friday The image of the president Popularity, reputation, presidential performance, intervening factors to greatness, and the relationship between the president's character and how the president acts on behalf of the American people

8 Lessons in Chapter 12: Composition & Roles of the Executive Branch: Lesson Plans
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The Presidency, the Cabinet & the Bureaucracy

1. The Presidency, the Cabinet & the Bureaucracy

In this lesson, we will explore the relationships between the president and the bureaucracy. We will focus especially on the cabinet, independent regulatory agencies, and the Office of Management and Budget.

Nominating a Presidential Candidate: The Process & Its Strengths & Weaknesses

2. Nominating a Presidential Candidate: The Process & Its Strengths & Weaknesses

The nomination process for United States president contains several different steps. This lesson outlines the modern nomination process for the offices of president and vice president and evaluates the strengths and weaknesses of the process.

Staffing the Executive Office: Presidential Appointees & the Appointing Process

3. Staffing the Executive Office: Presidential Appointees & the Appointing Process

The United States president appoints, or selects, people to serve in many different positions in the federal government. This lesson identifies the various positions appointed by the president and explains the appointment process.

Independent Agencies & Government Corporations

4. Independent Agencies & Government Corporations

American government has many regulatory duties. In this lesson, you will learn how independent agencies and government corporations assist in providing services and regulations.

Presidential Decision Making: How National & Partisan Constituencies Shape Decisions

5. Presidential Decision Making: How National & Partisan Constituencies Shape Decisions

The United States President must make many important decisions on behalf of the nation. This lesson explores presidential decision making, including the role that the national constituency and partisan constituencies play.

Quasi-Official Agencies: Roles & Purposes

6. Quasi-Official Agencies: Roles & Purposes

Federal agencies are not the only organizations that help provide services to businesses. Quasi-official agencies also impact businesses through their multiple roles and purposes.

Presidential Powers: Major Types & Examples

7. Presidential Powers: Major Types & Examples

Our United States Constitution established three branches of government, including an executive branch headed by the U.S. president. This lesson discusses the powers and roles of the president.

The Presidential Image: Contributing Factors & Importance

8. The Presidential Image: Contributing Factors & Importance

A president's public image, or perceived character, plays an important role in the presidential campaign. It also plays an important role in the president's popularity and lasting reputation. This lesson takes a look at the presidential image.

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