Unit 4

Schoolhouse Rock: America - I'm Just a Bill Music Video - 3:20

The process of passing a Bill through Congress and the Executive in song.

HS: 21, 22, 23, 24

MS: 17, 19



The Legislative Process: Overview (Video) - Congress.gov - 5:10

Overview of the Legislative Process. What is the structure and purpose of the legislature? What is the difference between the house and the senate, and what are the different responsibilities? How does Congress pass laws? What are Congressional committees and what do they do? How must the legislate accommodate the executive branch?

HS: 21, 22, 24

MS: 17, 19



Impeachment - Khan academy - 8:33

An explanation of impeachment and its history. How does impeachment work in the context of the system of checks and balances and separation of powers? How can Congress impeach the president? What is an impeachable offence? How has impeachment been used historically?

HS: 11, 12, 22, 25

MS: 16



Congressional oversight of bureaucracy  - Khan Academy - 4:27

An overview of Congressional oversight. What is Congress's oversight power? What does Congress oversee?

HS: 21, 22

MS: Not much discussion on Oversight



What Is Veto Power? | History - HISTORY - 3:01

Brief explanation of veto Power. Why did the founders grant the President the power of the Veto? How is the veto used by the executives? What are some limits on Veto Power? What is a pocket Veto?

HS: 23, 7, 11, 22, 24

MS: 10, 15, 16



Gerrymandering: How drawing jagged lines can impact an election - Christina Greer - Ted Ed - 3:52

An overview of gerrymandering. How can Gerrymandering influence an election? What are some different methods of Gerrymandering?

HS: 21

MS: none



Representatives as delegates, trustees, and politicos - Khan Academy - 6:17

An explanation of the different roles representatives may take on. What are the differences between representatives acting as delegates, trustees, and politicos?


MS: none



Federalism in the United States | US government and civics | Khan Academy - 6:03

An explanation of federalism. How is power split between federal and state government? What is the purpose of federalism? 


HS: 21



Senate filibusters and cloture - Khan Academy - 6:04

An explanation of filibusters and cloture in the context of Senate procedures. How are senate committees involved in passing bills? How does the leadership influence the passage of bills? What is a filibuster and how does that influence the passage of bills? What is the relationship between cloture and a filibuster? 

HS: 21, 22

MS: None



The President as Commander-in-Chief | American civics | US government and civics | Khan Academy - 10:35

A discussion of the President's role as Commander-in-Chief of US armed forces. How does the president share war-making power with congress. What are some limits on his power? 

HS: 23, 11, 17, 38

MS: 16, 28



Constitutional War Powers: Executive Authority in the War on Terror [POLICYbrief] - The Federalist Society - 4:00

A discussion of Constitutional war powers during the War on Terror? What makes a War on terrorist groups legally complicated? What is the Constitutional purpose of a declaration of war?

HS: 23, 11, 17, 38

MS: 16, 28



How do executive orders work? - Christina Greer - Ted Ed - 4:46

An explanation of executive orders. How are executive orders different from laws passed by Congress? How have executive orders been used historically? What checks does congress and the judiciary have on executive orders?

HS: 8, 23, 24

MS: none



How Does a Case End Up at the Supreme Court? [No. 86] -The Federalist Society - 2:57

An explanation of how a case ends up at the Supreme Court? How does someone petition the supreme court to hear a case? 

HS: 25, 24

MS: 16



The Debt Limit Explained - CGP Grey - 3:48

The Debit Limit. Who passes spending bills? What roles do the executive and Congressional branches have in managing the budget?


Middle School: Lesson 15, 16, 19

High School: Lesson 21, 22, 23