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Executive Orders That Zoom or Zapped Democracy

Lesson Abstract
Students will analyze ten presidential executive orders that had consequential ramifications on American society.
Description

The lesson will explain how a President can issue Executive Orders, which have the binding force of law upon federal agencies, but do not require approval of the United States Congress. Executive Orders are subject to judicial review and interpretation. Furthermore, the lesson will evaluate the differences between integration and segregation. Students will evaluate one of ten executive orders that had consequential ramifications on American society by using a primary source document analysis sheet from the National Archives.

 

Rationale (why are you doing this?)

I want students to comprehend the effects of executive power and use critical thinking when analyzing sources.

Lesson Objectives - the student will

 The student will identify what is an Executive Order and assess the impact of Executive Orders on American society. 

 

District, state, or national performance and knowledge standards/goals/skills met

MO: 9-12.AH.6.GS.B Determine the lasting impact of this period on principles of government including separation of powers, executive orders, checks and balances, rule of law, judicial review, and limited government.

 

Secondary materials (book, article, video documentary, etc.) needed
Primary sources needed (document, photograph, artifact, diary or letter, audio or visual recording, etc.) needed