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Unit Sequence

Day 1
Title: Introduction
Duration: 35 minutes
Key Concepts:The Preamble
By: Jamie Silpe
Students will learn about the United States
Constitution as well as the Preamble. As a
class, students will then create their own class
constitution.

Day 2
Title: State Executive Branch: Interactive
trifold
Duration: 45 minutes
Key Concepts: Executive branch, national
government
By:Julia Kwapinski
Students will learn the executive official in
the State of Pennsylvania using an
interactive trifold.

Day 3
Title: National Executive Branch: Centers
Duration: 1 hour
Key Concepts: Executive Branch, The
President, Cabinet Members
By:Teresa Di Siro
Students will be completing three centers to
help them understand the roles of people in
the executive branch and its purpose.

Day 4
Title: People of the Executive Branch
Duration: 1 hour 20 minutes
Key Concepts: Executive branch,
Biographies
By: Kurstin Christaldi
Students will be creating biographies for
officials who work in the executive branch
using a variety of project options.

Day 5
Title: State Legislative branch: centers
Duration: 40 min
Key Concepts:Legislative Branch of the State
By: Julia Kwapinski
During three centers, students will learn about
the legislative branch in our state.

Day 6
Title: National legislative Branch: Passing
Bills
Duration: 45 minutes
Key Concepts: Legislative branch, National
government, passing bills
By: Kelsey Foremen
Students will learn the process of passing a
bill and participate in a simulation of it.

Day 7
Title: The Legislative Branch
Duration:35 minutes
Key Concepts: Legislative branch
By: Jamie Silpe
Students will write a letter to the Pennsylvania
congressman about a law they would like to
propose.

Day 8
Title: State Judicial Branch: Scavenger Hunt
Duration: 35 minutes
Key Concepts: Judicial branch, PA court
system, court rooms
By: Kelsey Foreman
Students will learn about the judicial branch
in PA and about state courtrooms and who
works in them.

Day 9
Title: Judicial in the National- Centers
Duration: 45 minutes
Key Concepts:

Day 10
Title: Supreme Court Readers Theatre
Duration: 45 minutes
Key Concepts:

Judicial Branch, Supreme Court, and National


Government
By: Amy Bassista
Students will be completing three centers to
learn about the Supreme Court. Centers will
include information about; who is in the
Supreme Court, how a case gets to the
Supreme Court, and important people in the
Supreme Court.

Judicial Branch and Supreme Court


By: Amy Bassista
Students will experience what it is like to be
on the Supreme Court. Students will go
through a mock trial of a Supreme Court
Case.

Day 11
Title: Field Trip- courthouse
Duration: 1 hour
Key Concepts: Local court
By: Kurstin Christaldi
Students will be going to the local courthouse
and get to meet with a judge and see the
inside of the courthouse.

Day 12
Title: Tree Branches of Government
Duration: 45 minutes
Key Concepts: Executive branch, judicial
branch, legislative branch.
By: Teresa Di Siro
A review of the three branches of
government for the summative assessment.