Branches of Government
About the Branches of Government Lesson
This lesson introduces students to the three branches of the US government.
• To be able to list the three branches of government.
• To be able to identify what each branch does.
• To be able to describe the reason for having three branches of government.
The Founding Fathers, who were the framers of the Constitution, wanted a government that ensured that any one person did not have too much power, authority, or control. After having experienced the rule of the British king, they felt that having one person with so much power was a bad system. They thought that a strong centralized government was needed, but they also wanted to have a balance of power.
As a result, the Founding Fathers wrote the Constitution, which provided for a separation of power. This provided for three separate branches of government. Each branch has its own function and responsibilities, but they all work together to make the country run smoothly. These branches work together to ensure that the rights of the people are not ignored. This creates the balance necessary for a solid government.