This US Government Organizational chart includes a completed 11 x 17 chart with the basic organizational chart of each branch of government. A blank 11 x 17 chart for students to fill in is also included. Legislative branch includes titles of House and Senate leadership positions and a list of the standing committees in each chamber. The Executive branch includes a truncated version of White House offices, various independent agencies such as NASA and USPS, and a list of each cabinet level department. Each department has the “birthdate” of the department, approximate budget, and number of personnel. The Judicial Branch includes the Supreme Court and the three federal courts that feed into it as well as some lower level courts.
You also get a worksheet of 45 questions based on the chart along with an answer key. Twenty questions are found directly on the chart so students are required to actually work with the chart and see relationships, size, scope, etc. of the government. Twenty-five advanced questions require students to do simple research on legislative committees, executive branch departments and agencies, as well as the court system. Most advanced questions are designed to show students how the US government has an impact on them.
For example, one question is: Most students who go to college are required to fill out a FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid). Which department is responsible for administering these forms? Students would google FAFSA and search for the government agency that administers this and then find out which department (education) is responsible for that agency.
I use this with the overall goal of showing students the size, scope and complexity of the US government and to promote government and political literacy when consuming the news.
The chart is a PDF file and questions are in Microsoft Word.
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