How to Read the Constitution - Kyrene School District
How to Read the Constitution 7 Articles of the Constitution- Write this on the back of your packet Article I- Legislative Branch (Congress) Article II- Executive Branch (President) Article III- Judicial Branch (Supreme Court) Article IV- Relations among the states Article V- How to amend (change) the Constitution Article VI- Supremacy of National Law, Oath of Office, National Debt Article VII- Ratification of the Constitution 1 Principles of the U.S. Constitution Text 260-265 1. Popular Sovereignty- The people rule. They have the ability to govern themselves through voting. 2. Republicanism- People exercise their power in government by voting for their representatives. 3. Federalism- Both the Federal and State governments have their own power, and they share others. Delegated (enumerated) Powers- Federal Powers, Reserved Power- State Powers, Concurrent PowersShared. 4.
Separation of Powers- Divided the power of government into branches, so that no one part could become too strong. 5. Checks and Balances- Each branch of government can exercise checks, or controls, over the other branches. 6. Limited Government- The rule of law prevails in American government. No one is above the law, even members of the government. 7. Individual Rights- The Bill of Rights shields people from an overly powerful government. 8. Flexibility- The Constitution can be amended and changed. Popular Sovereignty Checks and Balances Republicanism Limited Government
Federalism Individual Rights Separation of Powers Flexibility Congress- Legislative Branch House of Congress Senate (Upper House) Main power/ role in the federal government Make Laws -Same as the House of Reps * Only the Senate House of Representatives (Lower House) Leadership
and number of members -Vice President -President Pro Tempore -Approve Treaties -Approve appointments to the cabinet and the Supreme/ Federal Courts -Majority Leader -Minority Leader Make Laws -Speaker of the House - To make and borrow money for the U.S.A. - To regulate trade. - Establish a post office and build roads. -Declare war.
-Has final approval of the Federal Governments budget.- power of the purse -To establish inferior (lower) courts to the Supreme Court. Term of Office in years Qualifications to be elected to this House of Congress 6 No term limit -30 years of age -9 Years a citizen -Live in the state you represent 2 No term limit
-25 years of age -7 Years a citizen -Live in the state you represent 100 Senators 2 from every state -Majority Leader -Minority Leader 435 Representative Number per state is based on the states population. 922,000 = 1 Rep Senate 100 Members Add this under your chart on p. 9 Is called the upper house because members are elected to a longer term (6 years), and because they
stay in office longer they can have more of an influence in the government. Two Senators from a each state. - Senior Senator- Elected first - Junior Senator- More recently elected Senator Senate Leadership Which ever party has the majority chooses the leadership. President of the Senate Vice President Joe Biden (D) United States President Pro Tempore Orrin Hatch Utah (R) Minority Leader Harry Reid (D) Nevada Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R) Kentucky House of Representatives
435 Add this under the chart on p. 9 Is the part of Congress considered closest to the will of the people. Elected every two years. Any new law (bill) dealing with money (taxes, spending money) must start in the House. Every two years every member of the House and 1/3 of the Senators is up for re-election. Since the ratification of the Constitution, Congresses have been numbered every two years. Example: Current Congress is the 114th. - The Elastic Clause gave the Congress the power to make all laws that they see as necessary and proper to deal with the changing needs of the country. These implied powers are not specifically stated in the Constitution. I-8-18 House of Representatives Leadership Which ever party has the majority chooses the leadership. Speaker of the House Paul Ryan Wisconsin (R)
Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy California (R) California (D) Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi 7 Executive Branch- President Chief Executive Main power/ role in the federal government 1. Enforce laws made by President of the United States Congress 2. Commander in Chief of the Armed forces. 3. Head of State/ Chief diplomat
for the United States. 4. Leader of their political party Who else is in the Executive Branch besides the President? Term of Office in years/ limits Vice President 4 Years Cabinet- Executive Departments White House Staff 2 Terms Qualifications to be elected 35 Years of Age Live in the U.S. for 14 yrs Natural born citizen
Branch Powers of the Executive Main Job The Executive Branch is responsible for enforcing the laws made by the Congress. He/she does this by signing bills passed in Congress. Executive Branch Leadership The leadership of the White House Staff consists of the President and Vice-President of the United States and their staffs. Everyone who works in the Whitehouse Barack Obama Joe Biden President (D) Vice-President (D) 10 Powers of the Supreme Court Judicial Branch Federal Courts
Main power/ role in the federal government To look over laws and decisions of the other Supreme Court - 1 Chief Justice branches of government and determine if they - 8 Associate Justices are constitutionalJudicial Review. Judicial review is not mentioned in the Constitution. It was created in the Supreme Court case of Marbury v. Madison by Chief Justice John Marshall. What are the other levels of federal courts under the Supreme Court? Term of Office in years/ limits How does someone become a Supreme Court justice or Federal
court judge? Term of The Constitution gives no office is qualifications to be a Courts of Appeals- 13 for life. Federal court justice or judge. Supreme Court-1 U.S. District Courts94 These are the trial courts were most federal court cases start. When there is an opening on the Supreme Court or another Federal court the President of the United Sates nominates someone, and then that person must be approved or confirmed by the Senate. Powers of the Supreme Court
The Supreme Court looks at laws, and actions of both the Federal and state government to see if they are constitutional (doesnt go against the Constitution). Highest Court in the U.S.. This power is held by the Supreme Court any other inferior courts that Congress creates. Supreme Court Building Powers of the Supreme Court The main power of the Supreme Court is Judicial Review. This is the Courts power to declare laws or actions made by the other two branches unconstitutional. The power of Judicial Review is not directly given to the Supreme Court in the Constitution, but was created in a very famous Supreme Court case called Marbury v. Madison by the Chief Justice at that time John Marshall. William Marbury John Marshall James Madison U.S. Supreme Court Front row: Associate Justices Clarence Thomas, Antonin G. ScaliaPassed Away 2016, John Paul
Stevens, Chief Justice John G. Roberts, Anthony M. Kennedy, Ruth Bader Ginsburg Back row: Associate Justices Sonia Sotomayor. Stephen Breyer, Samuel A. Alito, and Elena Kagen Organization of the Judicial Branch The Supreme Court- consists of 9 people altogether. Final court of appeals. 1 Chief Justice and 8 Associate Justices. (Justice = Judge) U.S. Courts of Appeals- Is underneath the Supreme Court there are the 12 Courts of Appeals. Each Appeals Court has 3 judges who look at the decisions of the lower federal Courts to decide if the ruling of the lower court was correct. Appeals courts check to make sure the lower court applied the law correctly, and that the trial was fair. They are not concerned with guilty or innocence. * There is a13th Court of Appeals which hears appeals from special federal courts. District Courts- There are 94 District Courts across the United States. Each state has at least one district court. They are the courts of original jurisdiction in the Federal government. They handle the majority of the workload in the Federal court system. These courts have a judge and a jury. Special Federal Courts- Hear cases dealing with special areas of federal law. i.e.- Patent Law, Customs Law, Tax Law Structure of the Judicial Branch U.S. Supreme Court State Supreme Court Special Federal Courts U.S. Courts of Appeals
Patent Law, Tax Law, Customs Law State Appeals Courts U.S. District Courts Federal Trial Courts State Trial Courts In AZ they are called Superior Courts Cases dealing with state or local laws Cases involving Federal laws Cases involving a state govt or foreign diplomat
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