Honors C & E 2009: 2nd period
Unit 4: Three Branches of Government
IMPORTANT NOTE: There will not be a writing assignment for this unit; however, please pay
special attention to the three mini-tests that you will be having in class and keep up with the reading
assignments and completion of RIO Review Guide.
Homework for Tuesday: Read p. 365-375 and complete worksheet that goes along with the reading
Monday, March 2nd
NO SCHOOL – SNOWDAY
Tuesday, March 3rd
Discussion: Introduction to the Executive Branch: The Road to the Presidency
Homework: Read and take notes p. 354-356 and 359-363
Wednesday, March 4th
Discussion: Executive Branch: Powers/Roles of the President
Homework: Use your textbook to fill out the chart on p. 4 of your RIO study guide.
Thursday, March 5th
Discussion: Executive Branch: The VP and the Cabinet
Homework: Study for Mini-test on the Executive Branch
Friday, March 6th
MINI-TEST: Mini-Test: Executive Branch (1/3 of a test grade, index card can be used)
Discussion: Introduction to Legislative Branch: The House vs. Senate (Qualifications, Powers of
Congress, Apportioning/Gerrymandering, & Leadership in Congress)
Homework: Read and take notes p. 275-278 and 329-333
Monday, March 9th
Discussion: Legislative Branch: Writing the Laws – Committees, and How a Bill Becomes a Law
Homework: Use p. 334-346 to complete the guided reading worksheet
Tuesday, March 10th
NO CLASS DUE TO 10th GRADE WRITING TEST (Note: you still have homework)
Homework: Study for Mini-test on the Legislative Branch and complete tax chart in the
RIO Study guide using Chapter 16, Section 1
Wednesday, March 11th
MINI_TEST: Mini-Test: Legislative Branch (1/3 of a test grade, index card can be used)
Discussion: Judicial Branch & Review of Court Cases
Homework: Read and take notes p. 512-514, 517-522
Thursday, March 12th
Discussion: Judicial Branch: The Supreme Court and Federal Court System
Homework: Assignment will be announced in class
Honors C & E 2009: 2nd period
Friday, March 13th
Special: Registration for 2009-2010 Academic School Year
Discussion: Judicial Branch and Federal Taxes
Homework: Organize Notebooks and Study for Judicial Branch Mini-Test
Monday, March 16th
MINI-TEST: Mini-test: Judicial Branch & Supreme Court Cases (1/3 of a test grade; index
card can be used)
Discussion: Review for test
Homework: Finish Review Guide and Study for Test!
Tuesday, March 17th
TEST: THREE BRANCHES OF GOVERNMENT
Homework: TBA (To Be Announced)
* In what ways does the U.S. Constitution limit the power of public officials?
* What limits does the U.S. Constitution place on the powers of Congress?
* Should the Supreme Court have final say in interpretation of the Constitution?
* How has the Supreme Court used its power of judicial review to ensure equality for all citizens?
* How has the Supreme Court changed its views over our history in order to adjust to changing times?
* Should the national government always have final authority in controversies between the U.S. government and a state?
* What were the basic arguments between the Federalists and the Anti-Federalists that still create political conflict today?
* In what ways have civil liberties been limited by our government because of crisis?
* Should states have certain rights over the federal government?
* What are the different types of revenue for the national government?
* How might the government’s power to tax impact citizens of varying degrees of wealth?
* Should everyone be forced to pay taxes?
* In what ways do government agencies protect the safety of citizens?
* How are various government agencies funded?
* Should immigration to the United States be limited?
Speaker of the House Legislative Leader Executive Order
President Pro Tempore Head of State Judicial Decisions and Review
President of the Senate Economic Leader Redistricting
House of Representatives Executive Orders Homeland Security
Senate Treaty Patriot Act
Bill/Law US Supreme Court Expenditure
The Committee System Chief Justice Budget deficit/Surplus
Cloture Associate Justices National debt
Filibuster Original Jurisdiction Deficit spending
Apportionment Appellate Jurisdiction Tax returns
Non-legislative Powers Concurrent Jurisdiction Balanced Budget
Immunity Exclusive Jurisdiction Federal Bureau of Investigation
Censure Impeachment Central Intelligence Agency
Expulsion Pardons Department of Homeland Security
Seniority System Commutations Internal Revenue Service
Majority and Minority Leaders Reprieve Department of Transportation
Party Whips Writ of Habeas Corpus National Transportation Safety Board
Impeachment Bill of Attainder US Citizenship and Immigration
Presidential Succession Revenue Service
State of the Union Address Regressive taxation Drug Enforcement Agency
Veto Power Ex post facto laws Alcohol Tobacco and Firearms
Executive Agreement Title of Nobility Federal Emergency Management
Commander-in-Chief Rule of Law Administration
Chief Diplomat Judicial Power Medicare/Medicaid
Chief Executive Veto Power Center for Disease Control
Party Leader Congressional Action Census