The State We're In: Washington - Teacher Guide Chapter 7 - Governing Washington Today is Complicated!

Governing Washington Today is Complicated!

General Overview

Enduring Understanding

The state government comprising the legislative, executive, and judicial branches serve the people of the State of Washington. People living in Washington need to understand how the government functions so they can have a voice on important state and community issues.

Supporting Questions

Students consider these questions - finding and using evidence to support the Enduring Understanding.

  • What is the role of the legislative branch of the state?
  • What is the role of the executive branch of the state?
  • What is the role of the judicial branch of the state?
  • Why is it important for people living in Washington to understand how their state government works?

Learning Targets

Students will be able to…

  • C2.5.5 Describe the basic duties of the three branches of government (executive, legislative, judicial).
  • C4.4.2 Analyze and evaluate ways of influencing state governments to establish or preserve individual rights and promote the common good.

Key Vocabulary

A list of key Tier 2 vocabulary words is included here for your students. Teach these using whatever strategy you find works best for your students. Encourage students to incorporate these vocabulary words as they work through the components of the chapter guide and intentionally use them as appropriate in their final products.

  • separation of powers, each branch of government has power over one part of government to make sure no one branch of government has too much power (p.106)
  • rule of law, the idea that the laws of a country or state are obeyed by everyone (p.106)
  • district, a geographic area of land established by the government for official government business  (p.107)
  • agency, an office in the government that has special state responsibilities to serve the people  (p.109)
  • veto, to refuse to allow a bill to become a law  (p.110)
  • amend, to change the wording of a bill  (p.111)
  • public servant, a person who works in government to serve the people of the state (p.117)
  • commission, a group of people who have an official state job or responsibility to oversee something or find out information about something (p.117)
  • corrupt, to be dishonest (p.123)
  • fraud, using dishonest methods to get something of value from another person (p.124)
  • deeded, the act of officially giving land or buildings to a person(s), group or the government (p.124)