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Branches of U.S. Government

3 Credits
Explore the structure and functions of the United State government's three policymaking institutions: the legislative, executive, and judicial branches. Focus is placed on the role of each branch in developing public policy and on exploring the checks and balances that are intended to limit each institution. Students will also develop skills to effectively teach this topic in the classroom and align lessons to teaching, Common Core, and content standards. This course addresses the Common Core Standards for Literacy and Writing in History/Social Studies, the NCSS College, Career and Civic Life (C3) Framework for Social Studies State Standards, the CCE National Standards for Civics and Government, the NCHS U.S. History Standards and the NCHS World History Standards.  

NOTE: Required textbooks must be purchased separately.

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Erik Richard

I have been an educator in various capacities at both the college and secondary levels. At Fresno Pacific University, I have taught courses in Biblical studies, history, and liberal arts and have developed several courses for teachers seeking to earn continuing education units. I have also worked with new teachers at the high school level via master teaching and serving as a BTSA support provider. For over a decade, I have taught AP courses in U.S. History and American Government and Politics.