GRAPHIC ORGANIZER ON THE
BRANCHES OF GOVERNMENT
On the next page is the framework for a graphic organizer about the branches of
government. You will do three things:
1. In each box, list the primary function of each branch of government. This
information can be found on p. 406 of your textbook.
2. On the lines connecting the boxes, write at least two examples of how the two
branches check each other’s power.
3. In the space in the center, summarize how power is separated among the three
branches and give a reason why separation of powers is important. Provide an
example that illustrates your reason. Your summary paragraph needs to be at
least three sentences.
4. You will be graded on your graphic organizer according to the rubric included.
Executive Branch Judicial Branch
Graphic Organizer Scoring Guide
Good work completing the graphic organizer will reach the goals in the first column below.
The items in the second column describe what your teacher will look for in determining whether
your work meets the goals.
Goals Evidence Points
Work demonstrates knowledge of Lists three Constitutional powers of 36
Constitutional powers and limits on the each branch of government. (3 points
branches of government. for each constitutional power)
Lists one constitutional limit on the
powers of each branch of
government. (3 points for each limit
Work demonstrates knowledge of Provides one example of how each 24
checks and balances. branch checks the other two
branches. (4 points per check)
Work demonstrates knowledge of the In summary paragraph, explains the 30
importance of separation of powers. separation of powers, defining the
role of each branch. (10 points)
In summary paragraph, gives reason
why separation of powers is
important to our democracy. (10
Provides example of reason why
separation of powers is important.
Outstanding (A) = 90+ points
Good (B) = 80-90 points
Satisfactory (C) = 70-80 points
Unsatisfactory = Less than 70 points