Teachers' Domain, The Powers of Government, published January 5, 2011, retrieved on ,
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In this self-paced literacy lesson, students learn about the three branches of the United States government. Students develop their literacy skills as they explore a social studies focus on the powers that the Constitution assigns to each branch—legislative, executive, and judicial—and how the three branches work together. During this process, they read informational text, learn and practice vocabulary words, and explore content through videos and interactive activities. When they are finished, students select and complete a writing assignment offline.
This is a student-directed lesson. Students will complete the lesson online, then print a summary of their notes and interactive activity results. Students can use this printout for reference when completing the final writing assignment offline.
Download and print the The Powers of Government—Teacher's Guide (PDF) for essential background information and suggestions for ways to support the lesson.
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