DSSEP Home Page Lesson Resources: The Three Branch Checking Game

Resource #1: Powers and Functions


Makes the laws


Can veto laws
Can declare laws unconstitutional


Can impeach a President

Can ratify treaties
Interprets the laws


Carries out the laws

Can grant pardons
Negotiates treaties with other countries


Can ratify treaties

Can declare acts of the President unconstitutional
Recommends appointments to the federal courts


Can declare war

Recommends the appointment of ambassadors
Appropriates money


Introduces amendments to the Constitution

Can override vetoes
May increase or decrease taxes


Confirms presidential appointments

Serves as Commander of all armed forces.
Decides arguments between the states or between the United States and another country.


Resource #2: Checks

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