This lesson is an in-depth look at the Checks & Balances of the three branches of the United States Federal Government. Students will learn first why a system of checks and balances was put in place, and then they will look at most of the ways (checks) that the three branches stop each other from abusing their powers. Each check is explained and examples are given to reinforce comprehension. Checks and balances play a major role in the tradition of the United States government and students are very often asked to identify the various checks of the three branches on most state Civics and US Government exams. After this lesson, your students will have a firm grasp on these checks.
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Mr. Raymond’s Civics E.O.C. Academy was designed for students taking the Florida Civics End-of-Course (EOC) Exam. However, as many states are implementing Civics Exams, these videos will work for all students of Civics, US Government, and US History. Currently students have to pass a civics state exam in order to graduate in Idaho, Wisconsin, North Carolina, Arizona, North Dakota, Louisiana, South Carolina, Tennessee, and Utah – as well as state social studies tests such as Texas’ STAAR exam, as well as Virginia’s Civics SOL exam.