The principle of checks and balances prevents one branch of government from becoming too powerful. Examples of checks and balances include vetoing of bill, ratifying treating, judicial review and others. This lesson provides video clips with examples and explanations of checks and balances. Students watch a series of video clips and complete a handout to describe the actions in the clip, explain who has this power and who is being checked by this action. Students then work in groups to apply an example of the system of checks and balances. In addition, there are extension activites and writing prompts on the same topic. 

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