Now that we know about the powers of the three branches of government, it's important we know our own rights. The anti-federalists still had a fear of an oppressive government so they felt it was necessary to add 10 amendments to the constitution in order to ratify(approve) it. The 10 amendments became the Bill of Rights. Your job is to research and describe one of the amendments. With that you need to analyze a Supreme Court case in which they interpret the amendment and set legal precedent going forward.
The Judicial Branch has the power of interpretation of the constitution. We learned that this was given to the Judicial Branch and the Supreme Court via the Marrbury v. Madison court case. In the Power of the Judicial Review W/S students will look at the impact of going against legal precedent set by previous cases. They will also compare the pros and cons of judicial activism on the supreme court. Finally, they will analyze a primary source. A speech given by James Wilson will lay out the expectations for the supreme court during the constitutional convention of 1787.
With so much going on in the news about impeachment, its important we understand the actual process of impeachment. It's one of the strongest checks the legislative branch has on the executive branch. We broke down the process of impeachment, what a president can get impeached for, compared passed presidential accusations for impeachment and finally arguing whether impeachment meets the expectations set by the principle of checks and balances. Students are expected to complete the impeachment w/s using the articles as sources of information.
The president is the national government's chief executive the top elected official in charge of enforcing laws and carrying out government policy. We learned what powers the executive branch has and how the others branch keep the president in check. This includes the power of impeachment. Article II of the constitution may be shorter than article one with less powers given to the executive branch, but throughout American history the President of the United States role has developed into the face of a nation and is recognized by many as the leader of a free world.
Its that time of year again where we get to perform our civic duty as american citizens and vote for government officials and legislation. Now, there may not be any big names running for president yet, but there are plenty of ballot measures and local candidates to vote for. First we played the "Cast your vote" to come up with a voter preparation plan. After completing the game you are expected to fill out a reflection sheet based off of your gaming experience. Then we looked at actual ballot measures and our local Sammamish government. Using sites posted in my resources tab, fill out the "WA General Election Scavenger Hunt". Your job is to research Referendum-88, compare the candidates for Sammamish City Council Seat 2 and learn a little more about our local city council.
The first branch of government we focused on was the Legislative branch. We learned that not all branches are necessarily equal when it comes to constitutional powers. Students will need to recognize what important powers Congress has as well as who are the key figures in both the House of Representative and the Senate. Later this week we will break down the process of making a bill and what it takes to become a law.
This week we begun unit 3 by breaking down the three branches of government. Each branch has specific powers given to them by the constitution. It's important that we understand; who is a part of each branch, what are the requirements to be a member of and how do you become a representative. We broke down the expectations for each branch before diving deeper into the branches individually.