Schoolhouse Rock!: Three Ring Government

This clip describes the separation of powers in the United States government. The three branches of the government are the Executive branch, the Legislative branch, and the Judicial branch. Each branch performs checks on the other to ensure that no one branch becomes more powerful than the other two.

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  1. What are the three parts of the U.S. Government?
  2. What are the roles of the different parts?
  3. How is the system balanced?

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  • Common Core State Standards
    Identify key steps in a text’s description of a process related to history/social studies (e.g., how...
  • Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills - Social Studies
    identify and explain the basic functions of the three branches of government
  • Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills - Social Studies
    analyze how the U.S. Constitution reflects the principles of limited government, republicanism, chec...
  • Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills - Social Studies
    identify the influence of ideas such as separation of powers, checks and balances, liberty, equality...
  • Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills - Social Studies
    evaluate constitutional provisions for limiting the role of government, including republicanism, che...

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