Three Branches: Checks & Balances

Why does the U.S. government have three “branches”? What are these branches, and how do they interact? In this WebQuest, you’ll dig deep to find out the role each branch plays and the ways it balances out the other branches.


Web Activity: Journalism

This Web Activity goes with the Journalism lesson in our News Literacy unit. The activity is designed to give students hands-on practice and a deeper understanding of the concepts in the lesson. Each slide includes a link and a set of questions. Use the companion worksheet in the Journalism lesson materials to give students a place to note their answers. (They can write them in the answer space on each slide, too, but there isn’t an easy way for you to download/compile those answers in My iCivics.)


Web Activity: Misinformation

This Web Activity goes with the Misinformation lesson in our News Literacy unit. The activity is designed to give students hands-on practice and a deeper understanding of the concepts in the lesson.

Each slide includes a link and a set of questions. Use the companion worksheet in the Misinformation lesson materials to give students a place to note their answers. (They can write them in the answer space on each slide, too, but there isn’t an easy way for you to download/compile those answers in My iCivics.)


Web Activity: Bias

This Web Activity goes with the Bias lesson in our News Literacy unit. The activity is designed to give students hands-on practice and a deeper understanding of the concepts in the lesson.

Each slide includes a link and a set of questions. Use the companion worksheet in the Bias lesson materials to give students a place to note their answers. (They can write them in the answer space on each slide, too, but there isn’t an easy way for you to download/compile those answers in My iCivics.)


Web Activity: Monetization

This Web Activity goes with the Monetization mini-lesson in our News Literacy unit. The activity is designed to give students hands-on practice and a deeper understanding of the concepts in the lesson.

Each slide includes a link and a set of questions. Use the companion worksheet in the Monetization lesson materials to give students a place to note their answers. (They can write them in the answer space on each slide, too, but there isn’t an easy way for you to download/compile those answers in My iCivics.)


Web Activity: Governing Washington Communities

This web activity goes with the Governing Communities lesson in our Washington State resources. The activity for this lesson is web-based so students can get the most relevant, real-life information about their local governments. 

Each slide includes a link and a set of questions. Use the templates in the Governing Communities lesson materials to give students a place to note their answers. (They can write them in the answer space on each slide, too, but there isn’t an easy way for you to download/compile those answers in My iCivics.)