SS.7.C.1.7: Describe how the Constitution limits the powers of government through separation of powers and
checks and balances.

  • Explain the concept of limited government and how it applies to the United States Government.
  • Describe each and tell the differences between the separation of powers and checks and balances.
  • Analyze how government power is limited by separation of powers and/or checks and balances.
  • Recognize examples of separation of powers and checks and balances.

Learning Scale:

  • 4.0: I can describe and analyze how the Constitution limits governmental power through separation of powers and checks and balances.
  • 3.0: I can describe how the Constitution limits governmental power through separation of powers and checks and balances.
  • 2.0: With help, I can describe how the Constitution limits governmental power through separation of powers and checks and balances.
  • 1.0 Even with help, I struggle to describe how the Constitution limits governmental power through separation of powers and checks and balances.

Block 1:

Watch this video and describe the concepts of separation of powers and checks and balances. Then Tell me how Checks and Balances and Separation of powers are different.

Block 2:

Watch this video and tell me how powers gets separated in the U.S. Government

Block 3:

Read the document below about limited government and explain why limited government is an important part of our democracy.

Document on limited government
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Block 4:

Use the picture below to familiarize yourself with the Checks and Balances.