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									              Lesson Plan for The Branches of State Government
                         Social Studies Skill Builder

Materials: Handouts: Preview, List of Questions, Branches of State Government
Trading Cards, Acrostic exercise.

TEKS: 7.14A Government. The student understands the basic principles reflected
in the Texas Constitution. The student is expected to: (A) identify how the Texas
Constitution reflects the principles of limited government, checks and balances,
federalism, separation of powers, popular sovereignty, and individual rights; and

7.15A Government. The student understands the structure and functions of
government created by the Texas Constitution. The student is expected to:
(A) describe the structure and functions of government at municipal, county, and
state levels

Objective: The students will demonstrate their understanding of the three branches
of state government by sorting 24 descriptive statements according to the powers
of the executive, legislative, and judicial branches of state government.

Overview – In this Social Studies Skill Builder, students carefully read
information from the Texas history textbook describing the duties of the three
branches of state government. Students will analyze 24 “cards” describing various
powers of the three branches of state government and then categorize the
information according to the branch.

Preview: Analysis of primary source quote. See attached.

Activity:
  1. Each student will sit with a partner.
  2. Each pair will receive a list of 24 constitutional questions. For example:
      “Who has the power to pass laws?”
  3. Using the textbook, students read and answer each question in a sentence on
      the graphically organized notes, Branches of State Government trading
      cards.
  4. As students answer all of the constitutional questions, they will categorize
      the information according to the branch of government- L=Legislative,
      E=Executive, J=Judicial.
  5. Answers should be checked by the teacher as each pair completes the
      activity.
Processing:
Complete an acrostic using the letters of the word government. The first line has
been started. Make sure the complete acrostic meets these requirements:
    Each subsequent line must begin with the next letter of the word
      government.
    Each line should describe an important aspect of Texas government.
    Each idea described should be accurate.

								
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