North Carolina History

Branches of Government

A Brief History

In 1787 leaders of the states gathered to write the Constitution-a set of principles that told how the new nation would be governed.

The leaders of the states wanted a strong and fair national government. But they also wanted to protect individual freedoms and prevent the government from abusing its power. They believed they could do this by having three separate branches of government: the executive, the legislative and the judicial. This separation is described in the first three articles, or sections, of the Constitution.


As a class we will create a bill to submit to become a new classroom law. We will draft a bill together. This bill will then be proposed to fourth grade teachers to gather a needed "sponsor." After we will introduce the bill to the House of Representatives, then the Senate and lastly the President for final approval!
I'm Just a Bill (Schoolhouse Rock!)

A "not so" Pop Quiz!

We will have a mini-assessment this Friday on the 3 branches of government. Use both your graphic organizer and text to study. Your assessment will consist of multiple choice, fill in the blank and free answer.