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Ch 23: STAAR US History: Government Branches & Checks & Balances

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Use this chapter to review what you need to know about government branches and the system of checks and balances to succeed on the STAAR U.S. History EOC exam.

STAAR US History: Government Branches & Checks & Balances - Chapter Summary

You can access this chapter to go over the branches of the government and the system of checks and balances in the U.S. Our lessons will prepare you for the STAAR U.S. History EOC by giving you the chance to review:

  • Functions of the executive, legislative and judicial branches of government
  • The important uses of the system of checks and balances
  • Events surrounding the Gulf of Tonkin Crisis
  • Information regarding the War Powers Act of 1973
  • Court packing
  • The 2000 presidential election and Al Gore

These lessons were crafted by experts in the field of history. We include important vocabulary words that deal with the government throughout this chapter. This chapter also provides you with self-assessment quizzes, allowing you to verify your understanding of the role of each branch of the government.

9 Lessons in Chapter 23: STAAR US History: Government Branches & Checks & Balances
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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.

System of Checks & Balances: Purpose, Importance & Examples

2. System of Checks & Balances: Purpose, Importance & Examples

This lesson will cover the system of checks and balances that exist among the three branches of the federal government. A short quiz will follow the lesson to check for understanding.

Executive Branch of Government: Definition, Responsibilities & Power

3. Executive Branch of Government: Definition, Responsibilities & Power

The executive branch of government is responsible for enforcing the laws of the United States. Learn more about the executive branch, its responsibilities, and the extent of its power. Afterward, take a short quiz to check your understanding of the executive branch.

Legislative Branch of Government: Definition, Power & Function

4. Legislative Branch of Government: Definition, Power & Function

Define the legislative branch of government, understand the various powers that the branch possesses, and learn about its important function in creating legislation in this lesson.

Judicial Branch of Government: Definition, Role & Power

5. Judicial Branch of Government: Definition, Role & Power

In this lesson we examine the judicial branch of the government, including the Supreme Court and its power of judicial review. You will learn how the Supreme Court can rule laws unconstitutional.

Gulf of Tonkin Crisis and Resolution: Events and Congressional Response

6. Gulf of Tonkin Crisis and Resolution: Events and Congressional Response

The Gulf of Tonkin Crisis brought the United States closer to war with North Vietnam. Learn about the event, the United States' response and its impact on broadening the Vietnam War in this lesson.

The War Powers Act of 1973: Definition & Summary

7. The War Powers Act of 1973: Definition & Summary

Who makes decisions about going to war - Congress, the President or both? The War Powers Resolution of 1973 was an attempt to clear up the question, but it only succeeded in making a gray area even more ambiguous. Learn about this chapter in history and the events that led up to it.

Court Packing: Definition, Scheme & Bill

8. Court Packing: Definition, Scheme & Bill

This lesson will discuss court packing. It will define what it is and the bill that Franklin Roosevelt used to introduce it. We will also discuss why it didn't work.

Al Gore & the 2000 Presidential Election Recount

9. Al Gore & the 2000 Presidential Election Recount

This lesson will take a look at the presidential election of 2000 and its subsequent recount process. This heated election between Al Gore and George Bush captured the attention of the nation with Florida taking center stage in the recount.

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