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Ch 43: MTLE Social Studies: U.S. Government Structure

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Prepare for the MTLE Social Studies exam by looking through the material in this chapter. We designed this chapter to be engaging so learning or reviewing topics about U.S. government structure can be fun.

MTLE Social Studies: U.S. Government Structure - Chapter Summary

This chapter contains self-assessment quizzes and video lessons, which help you quickly review the structure of the United States government. The lessons prepare you for MTLE Social Studies exam by going over topics including the three branches of government and the formal process by which a bill becomes a law. Once you finish this chapter, you should be ready to:

  • Explain the definition and history of interest groups in the U.S.
  • Detail the process by which the Constitution is amended
  • Outline the steps in the U.S. criminal justice process
  • Identify the roles of the President, Congress and interest groups in developing foreign policy
  • Describe Minnesota state government at the tribal, local and state level
  • Point out the powers and benefits of the federal government
  • Discuss the responsibilities of state government
  • Define local government and the challenges it faces

Our instructors break down how the U.S. government works, including various forms and levels Ensure that you are ready for the MTLE Social Studies test by using our self-assessment quizzes and chapter exam. Video tags let you easily return to any video segments for additional review.

10 Lessons in Chapter 43: MTLE Social Studies: U.S. Government Structure
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The 3 Branches of Government: Executive, Legislative, Judicial

1. The 3 Branches of Government: Executive, Legislative, Judicial

In 1787, leaders from each of the states gathered to write the United States Constitution. The Constitution sets out how our nation is governed and creates a system that separates powers between different branches. This lesson explores the three branches of our federal government.

How a Bill Becomes a Law: Formal Process

2. How a Bill Becomes a Law: Formal Process

In this lesson, we will review the process of how a bill becomes a law. We will take a closer look at what steps have to be taken, how a bill is changed and how it is signed into law.

What Are Interest Groups in the United States? - History & Types

3. What Are Interest Groups in the United States? - History & Types

The following lesson will discuss the history and types of interest groups that exist in the American political system. A short quiz will follow the lesson to check for your understanding.

The Process of Amending the Constitution

4. The Process of Amending the Constitution

Amending the United States Constitution is a complicated process. It's only been accomplished 27 times. This lesson outlines the process by which the U.S. Constitution can be amended.

The U.S. Criminal Justice Process: Definition & Steps

5. The U.S. Criminal Justice Process: Definition & Steps

In this lesson, you will learn about the process of American criminal justice. Several key features of each step in the process will be discussed including the stages of criminal case processing.

Developing Foreign Policy: The President, Congress & Interest Groups

6. Developing Foreign Policy: The President, Congress & Interest Groups

Foreign policy is not developed in a vacuum or by only one actor in the United States. In this lesson, you'll learn about how the president, Congress and interest groups help develop U.S. foreign policy. A short quiz follows.

Minnesota Government: State, Local & Tribal

7. Minnesota Government: State, Local & Tribal

Minnesota, like all US states, maintains its own governments. In this lesson, we're going to check out the state, local, and tribal governments of Minnesota and see how they interact.

What is a Federal Government? - Definition, Powers & Benefits

8. What is a Federal Government? - Definition, Powers & Benefits

A federal government is a system that divides up power between a strong national government and smaller local governments. We'll take a look at how power plays out between the national and local government, and the benefits of a federal government.

What Is State Government? - Powers, Responsibilities & Challenges

9. What Is State Government? - Powers, Responsibilities & Challenges

The United States has a federal government and each of the 50 states has a state government. This lesson explains the organization of state governments, and explores the powers and responsibilities of state governments.

What Is Local Government? - Definition, Responsibilities & Challenges

10. What Is Local Government? - Definition, Responsibilities & Challenges

Each of the 50 states has a state government. Within those states, each county and municipality also has a government. This lesson explains the organization of local governments and explores the powers and responsibilities of local governments.

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