Unit 5: The Executive Branch

Chapter 9, 8, and 10

Unit Overview:

Click here then read.... What's it like to be the most powerful person in the world? What are the sources of and limits to presidential power? What makes an effective president and how have they changed the nature of the office? How do the members of the executive branch aid the president in fulfilling his or her multiple obligations? We'll learn about all of this and more in the next 10 to 15 days! Yeah!

Life Long Understandings:

    1. As the leader of the most powerful country in the world, the president has expansive powers to influence even control the political , domestic and international affairs of the United States.

    2. The president power while not unlimited, changes with his / her vision of the office, the checks of the other branches of this power, and the level of support and involvement of members of the executive branch.
    3. To effectuate his obligations as president, he or she is the leader of a massive bureaucracy of federal agencies.

Key Questions:

Chapter 9
    1. Which role, as head of state, chief diplomat, and commander in chief, is the most important for a president's success as the leader of the nation's foreign policy?
    2. What is the president’s role in the growth and stability of the American economy?
    3. Within the scope of constitutional limitations and powers, how have different presidents define the office differently?
    4. What leadership quality do you think are the most important to the success of a president?

Chapter 8

    1. How have factors that limit the role of the cabinet as an advisory body affected the relationship between cabinet officers and the presidents they serve?
    2. In what ways are the members of the White House Executive Office similar to and different from the president’s cabinet?
    3. Why has Executive Office of the President become necessary and perhaps more important that the Cabinet?

Chapter 10

    1. What are the advantages and disadvantages of bureaucrats in our government?
    2. Why do you think people sometimes get frustrated with government bureaucracy?


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