The State Executive Branch


Civics State and Local Governments The State Executive Branch
Students learn what the executive branch of state government does and who its important officers are. Then students work in small groups to research the role of a state governor and create a report of their findings. Finally, students write a letter or email to their own governor expressing a concern that is important to them.

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Overview

In this experience, students learn what the executive branch of state government does and who its important officers are. Then students work in small groups to research the role of a state governor and create a report of their findings. Finally, students write a letter or email to their own governor expressing a concern that is important to them.

To get an overview of state government, see the experience The State Legislative Branch.

Students will work in small groups in scene 3.

Objectives:

  • Describe how the state executive branch works.
  • Identify the powers and duties of a governor.


Can you name the governor of your state? What about the treasurer? You may be less likely to know these names than to know the name of the President of the United States, but these people affect your lives in very important ways. In this experience, you’ll learn about the state executive branch of government.

Objectives:

  • Describe how the state executive branch works.
  • Identify the powers and duties of a governor.




To execute means “to put something into effect or to carry out a plan.” At your house, you probably have a parent or guardian who helps to execute the various activities in your home. 


List some of the tasks that happen in your home to make it run smoothly. To list more than one, separate the tasks with a comma, like this: write a constitution, build a skyscraper.

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Discuss student responses, noting the types of organizational and management activities that are required, such as planning meals, transporting people, running errands, scheduling appointments, and so on.


Now think of the executive branch of the government. Keeping in mind the definition of the word execute, what do you think the executive branch of government is designed to do?

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Discuss student responses.


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