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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|
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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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