Lesson Plan

The president isn’t alone when it comes to the day to day work of the Executive Branch. This lesson takes a look at the history of the presidential cabinet, how the cabinet is built through the confirmation process, and why this elite group of people matter to you.

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  • Identify the origin and purpose of the president’s cabinet
  • Describe the process of becoming a member of the cabinet
  • Identify the 16 cabinet positions and the general topics for which they are responsible
  • Explain how politics can impact the success of presidential nominations for the cabinet
  • Track nominations and confirmations of the new presidential administration


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