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Presidential Powers: Learning About the Executive Branch

Use this guide to teach students about the offices and agencies that make up the U.S. executive branch, its powers, and its limitations.

  • What are some of the defining characteristics of executive powers? Why do these powers fulfill a need not addressed by the legislative branch?
  • How did the absence of an executive under the articles of confederation become apparent and lead to the creation of a new constitution?


  1. Overview: What is the Executive Branch?
  2. Visuals: What is the Executive Branch? (Visual)
  3. Outlines: Outline
  4. Transcripts: Transcript
  5. Lesson: Introduction
  6. Lesson: 1-Role and Scope of the Executive Branch
  7. Lesson: 2-The Office of the President
  8. Lesson: 3-Power and Role of the President
  9. Lesson: Closing
  10. Reference Articles: Federal Employees, Oversight of
  11. Reference Articles: Bureaucracy
  12. Reference Articles: Presidency: Powers
  13. Reference Articles: Separation of Powers
  14. Political, Government & Court Documents: Articles of Confederation (1781)
  15. Political, Government & Court Documents: Federalist, The, No. 69 (1788)
  16. Political, Government & Court Documents: Federalist, The, No. 70 (1788)
  17. Political, Government & Court Documents: U.S. Constitution (1787)

MLA Citation

"Presidential Powers: Learning about the Executive Branch." History Hub, ABC-CLIO, 2020, historyhub.abc-clio.com/Support/Display/2156124?cid=256. Accessed 20 Jan. 2020.

Entry ID: 2156124

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