This interactive notebook includes everything you need to teach a unit on United States government in an engaging way! This resource covers everything you need for your US Government unit: from the foundations of US Government to Elections in the US!
The organizers in this resource can be used on their own, or as a supplement to student note. Interactive notebooks are a great tool to keep students organized and engaged in the lesson!
In this resource you will find…
• 68 graphic organizers: some with text on them, and others left blank for your own customization.
• 30 pages of thorough suggested answers that you are free to use with these graphic organizers and flippables.
• Previews of each page in action for you or your students to reference.
• A cover page and table of contents is also included.
1. Key vocabulary – government, democracy, legislative power, executive power, judicial power, separation of powers, Articles of Confederation, Constitution, bicameral, ratification, constitutionalism, rule of law
2. Democracy – direct democracy, representative democracy, characteristics, criticisms, the United States
3. Checks & balances – separation of powers, Congress, the President, the courts, federal vs. state powers
4. U.S. Armed Forces – purpose, commander in chief, Army, Air Force, Navy, Marine Corps, Coast Guard, Reserves
5. State & local government – Executive branch, Legislative branch, Judicial branch, local government, taxes
6. Interest groups – definition, lobbying, representatives, marketing, economic interest groups, public interest groups
7. Citizenship – rights of citizens, who can be a citizen?, application, interview, oath of allegiance
8. Taxes – purpose, income taxes, property taxes, sales tax, social security tax, medicare tax, corporate tax, other taxes
1. Key vocabulary – Constitution, amendment, Federalists, Anti-Federalists, Constitutional Convention, checks & balances, expressed powers, implied powers, federalism, Great Compromise, Elastic Clause, popular sovereignty
2. US Constitution – Articles of Confederation, Constitutional Convention, Virginia Plan, New Jersey Plan, articles, ratification, preamble
3. Framers of the Constitution – by state
4. Bill of Rights – purpose, James Madison, influences, adoption
5. Bill of Rights – each amendment
6. Civil Rights Amendments
7. Other Amendments
1. Key vocabulary – Executive branch, President, Vice President, Cabinet, Commander in Chief, Executive Order, impeachment, veto, National Security Council, pardon power, State of the Union Address, 25th Amendment
2. President – requirements, Commander in Chief, chief diplomat, relationship with Congress, other responsibilities, State of the Union Address, impeachment
3. Vice President – requirements, President of the Senate, other responsibilities, becoming President
4. Executive Office of the President – creation, responsibility, National Security Council, White House Communications & Press Secretary
5. President’s Cabinet – departments, Senate confirmation, succession
6. Executive Departments
7. Presidential Succession
8. The White House – location, history, West Wing, visit the White House
1. Key vocabulary – Supreme Court, criminal cases, civil cases, jurisdiction, District Courts, marshal, subpoena, appellate jurisdiction, remand, unconstitutional, judicial
2. Federal Courts – United States district courts, United States court of appeals, Supreme Court, number of courts, tenure
3. Judicial Review – definition, in the Constitution, before Marbury v. Madison, Marbury v. Madison, criticism
4. Supreme Court – history, size, appointment & confirmation, tenure, current justices, salary, case selection, law clerks
5. Judicial Process – Article III of the Constitution, additional protections, criminal cases, civil cases, appeals
6. Landmark Supreme Court Cases – Marbury v. Madison, McColloch v. Maryland, Dred Scott v. Sanford, Plessy v. Ferguson, Brown v. Board of Education, Miranda v. Arizona, U.S. v. Nixon
7. Famous Supreme Court Justices – John Jay, John Marshall, Oliver Wendell Holmes, Jr., William Howard Taft, Earl Warren, Thurgood Marshall, Sandra Day O’Connor
1. Key vocabulary – Bicameral Legislature, Senate, House of Representatives, census, redistricting, gerrymandering, veto, censure, incumbent, constituent, caucus, filibuster
2. Senate – number of Senators, terms, requirements, Senate chamber, President of the Senate, President Pro Tempore, majority leader, minority leader, whips, debates & filibusters
3. House of Representatives – number of Representatives, terms, requirements, House chamber, Speaker of the House, majority leader, minority leader, whips
4. How laws are made – writing a bill, introduced into Congress, committee, House approval, Senate approval, Presidential approval, veto
5. Powers of Congress – Article I, taxes, coin money, create Federal courts, declare war, impeachment of federal officers, approval of Presidential appointments, establish post offices & roads, grant patents, other powers
6. Congressional Oversight – implied power, control of agencies, purposes
1. Key vocabulary – polling place, precinct, ballot, absentee ballot, electorate, exit poll, referendum, recall, electoral college, electors, winner take all, political action committee (PAC)
2. Voting – who can vote, importance, political parties, what we vote on, how elections work, Presidential election, Midterm elections, electoral college, voting equipment, absentee voting
3. Types of elections – federal elections, state elections, local elections
4. Two-Party system – Democrats, Republicans, primary election, general election, other parties, advantages & disadvantages
5. Electoral College – definition, how it works, number of electors, how electors are chosen, how electors vote, all or nothing, advantages & disadvantages
6. Running for office – requirements, choosing a party, campaign team, money, slogan, campaigning, issues, debates