This lesson teaches students the structure, functions and processes of the Executive Branch of the United States Federal Government. Students will learn about the main job of the Executive Branch headed up by the President of the United States in enforcing or executing the law. Students will learn about the Constitutional Powers of the President known as “expressed powers,” such as the veto, appointments of federal judges and Supreme Court Justices, nomination of department heads, making treaties with other countries, and heading the military. In addition to this role as Commander-in-Chief of the armed forces, students will learn the other “roles” of the President such as chief-of-state, chief diplomat, chief legislator, party chief, and chief economist. Students will be provided with examples from all of these presidential roles as well as expressed powers. The students will also be provided with examples of the various executive departments and agencies and the impact they have on the nation. Also included is a section on Executive Orders with examples from some famous ones. Finally students will look at checks on presidential powers from Congress to help them understand the concept of checks and balances.
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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. These videos look at all of the civics benchmarks that will be tested on most state civics exams.