Powers and places of powers.

Research files :

Places and forms of power in the USA : research files. In groups  :

Download the assessment grid : Grille exposes powers.


               NB : Each student cannot have more that 20 words in notes. Each student must speak as long as all the members of the group ( around 4 minutes per person).

Your presentation must be clear, organized and methodical. Your classmates are going to learn a lot from them.

After the presentations, students will have to take a test based upon the notes they have taken.

All groups must make a powerpoint presentation or a poster to illustrate their point.

Use the links that are suggested but also do not hesitate to find others on your own and work with Mrs Callens and the library/media center.


You can all watch these videos :

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HuFR5XBYLfU

http://video.about.com/usgovinfo/Branches-of-the-Government.htm


 

Group 1 : The executive power.

Make a poster or powerpoint and present it to the class :  

define the responsibilities and missions of the president of the USA, what he (or she)  can do, what he (or she) can't do alone, what he (or she) can't do at all

 what impeachment is and illustrate with historical examples.

Explain what a presidential veto is.

Explain what a “gridlock” situation is.

Say a few ( short) words about the White House.

https://www.whitehouse.gov/1600/executive-branch

http://www.congressforkids.net/Executivebranch_president.htm

http://www.law.cornell.edu/wex/executive_power

http://www.historylearningsite.co.uk/pres1.htm

http://www.nytimes.com/learning/teachers/featured_articles/20060724monday.html

http://tenthamendmentcenter.com/2011/12/06/presidential-power-explained/#.Uoofh0pZguQ

https://www.facebook.com/WhiteHouse/

http://study.com/academy/lesson/executive-branch-of-government-definition-responsibilities-power.html


Group 2 : Congress :

Make a poster or powerpoint and present it to the class :   

Explain what two chambers it is made of,

what decisions they take

and how a bill becomes a law.

Say a few ( short) words about the Capitol.

https://www.visitthecapitol.gov/about-congress

https://www.whitehouse.gov/1600/legislative-branch

http://www.house.gov/

http://www.senate.gov/

http://congress.indiana.edu/what-congress

http://www.congressforkids.net/Legislativebranch_index.htm

http://usgovinfo.about.com/od/uscongress/a/whyhouseandsenate.htm

http://www.usconstitution.net/consttop_law.html

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iu8xZiqW3yg


Group 3 : The judicial power.

Make a poster or powerpoint and present it to the class :

 Explain what the supreme court is and define its job.

Explain what cases it treats and illustrate with historical examples.Explain who the “justices” are.

Explain what lower courts are.

https://www.whitehouse.gov/1600/judicial-branch

http://www.supremecourtus.gov/

http://www.law.cornell.edu/constitution/articleiii

http://www.historylearningsite.co.uk/supreme_court.htm

https://www.visitthecapitol.gov/about-congress

http://www.scholastic.com/teachers/article/role-supreme-court

http://study.com/academy/lesson/judicial-power-definition-examples.html


Group 4 : federal and state power

Make a poster or powerpoint and present it to the class :

 Explain the differences between federal and state power,

say what each power covers and also cases when they combine together. ( Fedreral power, State power, shared powers)

https://www.whitehouse.gov/1600/state-and-local-government

http://usgovinfo.about.com/od/rightsandfreedoms/a/federalism.htm

http://wiki.answers.com/Q/What_is_a_concurrent_power_of_the_US_federal_system

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hfe_Tg8H5Yg

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=J0gosGXSgsI

 


Group 5 : The Pentagon.

Make a poster or powerpoint and present it to the class :  

Present the DOD , its missions, illustrate with say a few words about the building.

Explain what departements it shelters and the mission of each.

Say a few (short) words about the conception of the building itself.

http://www.defense.gov/

http://dcmo.defense.gov/Portals/47/Documents/PDSD/201509_DoD_Organizational_Structure.pdf

http://www.britannica.com/EBchecked/topic/450323/Pentagon

http://www.encyclopedia.com/topic/the_Pentagon.aspx


Group 6 : Interest groups and lobbying. 

Make a poster or powerpoint and present it to the class :

 Explain what Interest groups and lobbying are and what different kinds of influence they have. ( what is the nature of their influence and influence on what.)

Give precise examples to illustrate your presentation. Explain why the NRA is so influential.

http://www.sparknotes.com/us-government-and-politics/american-government/interest-groups/section3.rhtml

http://www.twyman-whitney.com/americancitizen/links/lobbies.htm

http://www.bbc.co.uk/scotland/education/ms/usa/reference/people/groups.shtml

https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/us-political-lobbying

http://www.politico.eu/article/why-lobbying-in-america-is-different/

http://www.nrapvf.org/

http://www.npr.org/2011/01/27/133247508/the-history-and-growing-influence-of-the-nra


Group 7  : The Fourth Estate in the USA. Make a poster or powerpoint and present it to the class :

Explain what the fourth estate is : Why "fourth"? What are the first 3 estates then?

Then  explain the following espression " the illusion of choice", as related to the fourth estate.

Explain "media consolidation."

Explain what influence the fourth estate has.

Say a word about the political orientation of the main US media.

http://dictionary.reference.com/browse/fourth-estate

http://uspolitics.about.com/od/politicaljunkies/a/fourth_estate.htm

http://teachinghistory.org/history-content/ask-a-historian/23821

http://www.bbc.com/news/world-us-canada-16757497

http://usa.usembassy.de/media.htm

http://www.corporations.org/media/

http://www.dailyinfographic.com/the-illusion-of-choice-infographic

http://www.businessinsider.com/these-6-corporations-control-90-of-the-media-in-america-2012-6?IR=T

http://www.theglobalmovement.info/wp/areas-of-focus/global-financial-war/who-controls-the-media

https://www.facebook.com/WhiteHouse/

http://www.nytimes.com/2011/10/17/business/media/presidential-debates-influence-media-study-shows.html

http://www.businessinsider.com/these-6-corporations-control-90-of-the-media-in-america-2012-6

 


 Group 8 : The Watergate scandal  Make a poster or powerpoint and present it to the class :

Make a clear explanation of this famous scandal and explain what form(s) of power it illustrates.

http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-srv/national/longterm/watergate/post.htm

http://www.hrc.utexas.edu/exhibitions/web/woodstein/

http://watergate.info/

http://www.history.com/topics/watergate

http://edition.cnn.com/2017/05/17/politics/watergate-scandal-look-back/index.html

http://edition.cnn.com/2014/01/23/us/watergate-fast-facts/index.html






 

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