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Kidnapping the Government!

GLCE:

  1. C3.0.4 Describe how the powers of the federal government are separated among the branches.

Objective:

The learner will work in groups to be able to predict and evaluate what might happen to the United States if one of the branches of the federal government went missing by writing a paragraph about three things that could go wrong if a particular branch of the federal government went missing, working as a group to either act out a skit or create a video demonstrating to the rest of the class their theory about one of their ideas for what could happen if the federal government went missing, and by writing individual letters to government officials of their choosing, explaining why they value the government official based on what might happen if he or she went missing.

Assessment  

This purpose of this end-of-the-unit-assessment is for the students to synthesize what they have learned about the powers of the federal government and evaluate what might happen if one of the branches went “missing”. Prior to this assessment, students will have learned about the specific power that each branch of the government holds. They will draw on this knowledge to infer and evaluate possible outcomes for when a particular branch goes “missing” Students will work in groups for this assessment; the class will be divided into three groups total. Each group will be assigned a branch of the government. Each group will work together to brainstorm three things that could go wrong if their branch of the government went missing. They will then focus on one of these ideas and create either a skit or a video that shows the rest of the class what might happen if their branch of the government went missing. The class, as a whole, will evaluate the presentation, discussing whether or not the group’s idea is an authentic possibility. Students will conclude the lesson by writing a letter to a government official of their choosing, explaining why they value that government official based on what might happen if he or she went missing.

Student Directions

Help! Different government officials have been kidnapped and it’s up to you to stop the worst possible outcome! You know what each branch of the federal government does, so now you need to figure out what might happen now that one of the branches has gone missing! Collect your “mission” card from me and get into your groups. Once you are in your groups, follow the instructions. After you complete your mission, you and your group will present your final project in front of the rest of class, and then the rest of the class will evaluate your group’s presentation.

  1. Team Red: The President was kidnapped! The FBI is working to find him, but you need to help stop the worst possible outcome! You need to figure out what the Judicial and Legislative branches might try to do now that the President is gone.
    1. Brainstorm three things that might happen now that the President is gone and work together to write a paragraph about it.
    2. Pick one of your ideas to focus on. You have the option to either create a skit or a video about your idea.
    3. You need to show exactly what the Judicial branch can do and exactly what the Legislative branch can do now that the President is gone.
    4. Your ideas must be realistic; if you have any questions, come see me.
  1. Team White: The Judicial Branch was kidnapped! The FBI is working to find all of the judges, but you need to help stop the worst possible outcome! You need to figure out what the Executive and Legislative branches might try to do now that the judges are gone.
    1. Brainstorm three things that might happen now that the Judicial branch is gone and work together to write a paragraph about it.
    2. Pick one of your ideas to focus on. You have the option to either create a skit or a video about your idea.
    3. You need to show exactly what the Executive branch can do and exactly what the Legislative branch can do now that the Judicial branch is gone.
    4. Your ideas must be realistic; if you have any questions, come see me
  1. Team Blue: The Legislative Branch was kidnapped! The FBI is working to find everyone, but you need to help stop the worst possible outcome! You need to figure out what the Judicial and Executive branches might try to do now that Congress is gone.
    1. Brainstorm three things that might happen now that the Legislative branch is gone and work together to write a paragraph about it.
    2. Pick one of your ideas to focus on. You have the option to either create a skit or a video about your idea.
    3. You need to show exactly what the Judicial branch can do and exactly what the Executive branch can do now that the Legislative branch is gone.
    4. Your ideas must be realistic; if you have any questions, come see me.

Now that you have completed your mission, you know just how important each job in the government is. Pick a government official from one of the three branches and write him or her a letter letting him or her know just how much you appreciate that they are there to do their job. Tell him or her about your mission and explain to him or her just how important their job is to the rest of the nation. Turn them in to me when you are done. We will work on editing them before we send them in the mail.

 

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