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U.S. Checks and Balances (Ages 9-14)

Learn how the U.S. government works to keep power to the people.
Nelson Vargas, J.D. Professor
344 total reviews for this teacher
10 reviews for this class
Completed by 37 learners
year old learners
US Grade Level
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Meets once
55 minute class

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Class Experience

You'll learn about the origins of the separation of powers doctrine.
You will learn how checks and balances work.
Students will learn how the doctrine was put in place by our framers and how it has been implemented. 
Learners will not need to use any apps or websites beyond the standard Outschool tools.
55 minutes per week in class, and maybe some time outside of class.
There are no inappropriate or sensitive materials for the course.
We will be referring to the U.S. Constitution and the Federalist Papers. Students will not need to get copies of either.  


Nelson Vargas, J.D. Professor
Lives in the United States
Law, social studies, history, and civics teacher
344 total reviews
507 completed classes

About Me

I am a judge, former federal prosecutor, policy counsel, and college and law school professor. My bachelor's degree is from the State University of New York at Albany in Political Science and History, with a minor in Economics. I also earned a... 
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