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1 Three Branches of the American Government
Slide #1 – Cover page with title and picture(s). Three Branches of the American Government Liam O’Student Executive Branch Judicial Branch Legislative Branch

2 The Branches of Government
Page/Slide #2: Title and list of the three branches with picture(s) for each. The Branches of Government 1. Legislative Branch 2. Executive Branch 3. Judicial Branch

3 Basic Powers of Each Branch
Slide #3: Title and general list of the job of each branch with picture(s) for each (“makes laws”, “carries out laws”, etc.). Basic Powers of Each Branch The Legislative Branch makes the laws The Executive Branch carries out the laws. The Judicial Branch interprets the laws.

4 Key Players of Each Branch
Executive Branch: The President Judicial Branch: The Supreme Court Legislative Branch: The Senate and House of Representatives “Congress” Page/Slide #4:Title and general list of the members of each branch with a picture(s) for each (“Congress = Senate & House of Representatives”, etc.). Try to find and save pictures that will come out clear (+300 pixels?). Save and insert pictures, don’t just copy and paste.

5 Executive Branch Key Players
Page/Slide #5: Title and specific list of Executive Branch key players -- including names, titles, and pictures of President, Vice-President, Secretary of State, and at least three cabinet members of your choice. Executive Branch Key Players President Obama Vice President Joe Biden Eric Holder Attorney General Ken Salazar Robert Gates Hillary Clinton Secretary of Defense Secretary of Interior Secretary of State

6 Powers Executive Branch
Page/Slide #6: Title & list of three powers of Executive Branch with picture(s) for each. Powers Executive Branch 1. Grant reprieves and pardons (except in impeachment cases) 2. Make treaties (with consent of senate) 3. Appoint Ambassadors (again with the consent of senate) 1. 2. 3.

7 Main Players of the Legislative Branch
Page/Slide #7 : Title & specific list of the Legislative Branch key players – including titles, names and pictures of Speaker of House, Senate Majority Leader, House Majority Leader, and Senate Minority Leader. Nancy Pelosi Harry Reid Speaker Senate Majority Leader Stenny Hoyer Mitch McConnel Senate minority leader House of Representatives

8 Powers of Legislative Branch
Page/Slide #8: Title & list of three powers of Legislative Branch with picture(s) for each. Declare war Approval of treaties Writing bills.

9 Judicial Branch Chief Justice
Page/Slide #9: Title & list of Judicial Branch key players -- include names and pictures of nine members of the Supreme Court. Chief Justice John Roberts Associate Justices John Paul Stevens Antonin Scalia Anthony Kennedy David Souter Clarence Thomas Ruth Bader Ginsburg Stephen Breyer Samuel Alito

10 Powers of Judicial Branch
Consider appeals from state courts Oversees decisions in congress To interpret and ensure proper application of the laws written by the legislative branch and enforced by the executive branch. Page/Slide #10: Title & list of three powers of Judicial Branch with picture(s) for each. WHAT’S MISSING FROM THIS SLIDE?

11 Checks and Balances Executive Powers (President)
Approves or vetoes federal bills Carries out federal laws Appoints judges and other high officials Makes foreign treaties Can grant pardons and reprieves to federal offenders. Acts as commander-in-chief of the armed forces. Checks on Executive powers: Congress can override vetoes by two-thirds vote. Senate can refuse to confirm appointments or ratify treaties. Congress can impeach and remove the President. Congress can declare war. Supreme Court can declare executive acts unconstitutional. In the constitution ways of limiting the powers of the three branches parts of the government. The constitution gives one branch the ability to stop to check ,or stop the action of another branch. It also divides, or balances powers so that no one branch becomes too powerful. Page/Slide #11: Title and explanation of Checks and Balances – include definition, and explain at least two reasons why it exists. Include a picture that represents the idea. WHAT’S WRONG WITH THIS SLIDE?

12 Checks and Balances Checks on Legislative Powers:
Presidential veto of federal bills. Supreme Court can rule laws unconstitutional. Both houses of Congress must vote to pass laws. Checking power within the Legislature. Judicial Powers: Interprets and applies the law by trying federal cases. Can declare laws passed by Congress and executive actions unconstitutional. Checks on Judicial Powers: Congress can propose constitutional amendments to overturn judicial decisions. (These require two-thirds majority in both houses, and ratifications by three-quarters of states.) Congress can impeach and remove federal judges. The President appoints judges (who must be confirmed by the Senate.) This page (#12) got thrown in too. I think it’s a carryover from the previous page. This is too complex and doesn’t really follow directions. Keep it simple!

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