Defining the 3 Branches of Government

Understanding how the federal government is designed can be confusing, especially if its been years since learning about the topic in school.

 
 
  Image: USA.gov, 2017

Image: USA.gov, 2017

Easy-to-read Handout

This handout published by the U.S. federal government provides information on the three branches of the U.S. Government, how the U.S. Government is organized, and how the Supreme Court works.   You will be re-directed to USA.gov in a new window when you click the button below.

 
  Image: PBS.org, 2017

Image: PBS.org, 2017

Crash course video

PBS has published a variety of videos to help better understand the 3 branches of government.  The YouTube channel offers "crash course" videos, most of which are under 10 minutes long, to better meet the learning needs of auditory learners.  This 8-minute video specifically describes the U.S. Government's separation of powers and the system of checks and balances. You will be re-directed to YouTube in a new window when you click the button below.