Ch 57: Praxis Middle School Social Studies: U.S. Executive Branch

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Look over these lessons to review the specifics of the executive branch of the United States government. This chapter will prepare you for the Praxis Middle School Social Studies exam by testing your knowledge of politics and the branches of government.

Praxis Middle School Social Studies: U.S. Executive Branch - Chapter Summary

In this chapter, you will be presented with terminology and roles of the U.S. executive branch. It could prove beneficial to know these facts when you're answering the Praxis Middle School Social Studies exam's questions on government and politics. These lessons will focus on primary and general elections, the Electoral College, and the following aspects of the presidency and presidential campaigns:

  • Seven primary roles of the president
  • Modern-day process for nominating a president and the vice president
  • The contrasts between primary and general elections
  • Electoral Colleges processes
  • Finances for presidential campaigns
  • Influential factors on voter behavior in presidential elections
  • Contemporary presidential campaigns and elections
  • Role of national and partisan constituencies on presidential decisions

You may view the lessons of this chapter in the form of brief videos that serve to convey their content in an informative and engaging way. To gauge how well you comprehend the topics you've studied, you can take the self-assessments that are paired with each lesson and the cumulative exam that you'll find at the end of the chapter. Taking these tests will help you prepare for the exam by determining what you might need to study further.

10 Lessons in Chapter 57: Praxis Middle School Social Studies: U.S. Executive Branch
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Presidential System of Government: Roles of the President

1. Presidential System of Government: Roles of the President

The following lesson discusses the seven roles that the President of the United States has. A short quiz will follow the lesson to check for your understanding.

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.

Primary Election Versus General Election: Definition & Differences

3. Primary Election Versus General Election: Definition & Differences

In the United States, we use two different types of presidential elections. Both primary and general elections are used to determine a winning candidate. This lesson explains primary and general elections, including the differences between the two.

The Electoral College: Definition & Process

4. The Electoral College: Definition & Process

In the U.S., our presidential elections are decided using the Electoral College. The system is meant to balance election power between the federal and state governments. This lesson explains what the Electoral College is and how it works.

Campaign Finance: Sources, Regulations & Reform

5. Campaign Finance: Sources, Regulations & Reform

Modern presidential campaigns often last up to two years and involve extensive media operations. This means a successful campaign will be expensive. This lesson discusses campaign finance, including sources, regulations, and reform efforts.

Factors that Influence Voters During Presidential Elections

6. Factors that Influence Voters During Presidential Elections

Many factors influence voters during presidential elections. The voter's background, party identification and view of the government's past performance are some of the important influences. This lesson examines influences on voter behavior.

The Evolution of the Contemporary Presidential Election

7. The Evolution of the Contemporary Presidential Election

Presidential elections have changed a great deal over time. These days, elections are well-publicized and hard-fought. This lesson takes a look at contemporary presidential elections and campaigns.

Staffing the Executive Office: Presidential Appointees & the Appointing Process

8. 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.

Presidential Decision Making: How National & Partisan Constituencies Shape Decisions

9. 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.

Presidential Powers: Major Types & Examples

10. 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.

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