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Chapter 1 Introduction The Constitution is an important document because it is the highest law of our land and we still use it to this day. American freedoms are guaranteed by the U.S. Constitution.

The preamble (beginning) of the Constitution is very famous. It goes like this:

"We the people of United States, in order to form a more perfect union, establish justice, insure domestic tranquility, provide for the common defense, promote the general welfare, and secure the blessings of liberty to ourselves and our posterity, do ordain and establish this Constitution for the United States of America."

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Chapter 2: Federalism Federalism splits power between the National Government and the States. Both groups share powers and have separate powers that the other does not have. Both groups can raise taxes, borrow money, and build roads. The National Government can declare war against other countries and build armies. The National Government can also build post offices to send mail from country to country. The States can make schools and limit how much is going on in the states.

The abilities that the states and the government share and are able to use.

Chapter 3: Separation of Powers Separation of powers is the ways the branches can stop or overpower the other branches. The Executive Branch can veto, or throw away laws, and the Legislative can overpower vetoes and make the laws real if two out of the three groups say it is a law. The Judicial Branch looks at the laws and says if the laws are good or not.

The abilities that the three Branches have to help or go against the other two are small, but the powers can block entire laws from being made.

Ch 4: Checks and Balances Checks and Balances are the abilities that the three Branches have to stop or help the other two Branches. These powers are not very big, but they can overpower the other Branches slightly. The Legislative Branch or Congress makes the laws, the Judicial Branch looks at the laws and they tell if it is good or not. If it is not good, the Judicial Branch sends it back to the Legislative Branch. If it is good, they will send it to the Executive Branch to be made an official law.

There are many ways that the three Branches can affect the other two Branches.

Ch 5. Legislative Branch

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The main role of the legislative Branch is to make laws. It is also known as the congress. It is composed of the senate and the House of Representatives.

House of Representatives

The House of Representatives is composed of members chosen every second year by the people of the states. Each state has at least one representative. The House of Representatives has the power of impeachment, this means that they can take the president out of power. Photo credit

Senate The Senate is composed of two senators from each state for six years. There is a total of 100 senators.


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Executive Branch

The Executive Branch consists of the highest ranking people in the nation. The president, Chief Executive Chief Diplomat, Chief of state and the Legislative party. The Executive Branch can suggest laws and send messages to congress.

Presidency The president is in office for a term of four years and can be re-elected once. The president is the commander and chief of the army and navy. The president can be removed from office, this is called impeachment. Photo credit

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Judicial Branch

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Judical Branch The Judicial Branch is where the Executive and Legislative Branch are elected by the people. It consists of the Supreme Court, the highest court in the nation and all other lower courts. They also declare acts of congress. Article 3 of the constitution guarantees everyone who has done something wrong to get a free trial. In the Judicial Branch there are nine Justices who serve for life. They can say a law is legal or or unconstitutional. Photo credit

The Bill of Rights The Declaration was stated that the governments are formed to protect these rights. The first 10 amendments became part of the Constitution. Amendments are changes to the Constitution. The Bill of Rights protects citizens from the government interference. All people that were born in USA have all of their rights, no state has the right to deprive any persons life or property.

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Everyone should be equal

The law has to respect your religion. They can't put you down if they don't respect your religion. Everybody has their own rights, you have those rights because you are your own person, just like freedom of speech. You can say anything as long as it doesn't put any one down.

Student Rights

You can wear anything as Long as it's not on school policy

Students rights can only go so far. If the principal says let me check your phone for no reason you can say no, but if he or she has proof that something is happening with you like bullying you have to give it to them. Another reason is if you are wearing a shirt that is your opinion you can wear it if it isn't school policy.


United States Congress. (2014, March 6). In Wikipedia, The Free Encyclopedia. Retrieved 16:35, March 20, 2014, from

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