Branches of Government Unit for Middle and High School Special Ed


Total Pages 240 pages plus 55 google slides
Answer Key Included
Teaching Duration 1 month


This unit on the Branches of Government and the Legislative Process takes a deeper look at each branch, who makes up each one and what their duties are. It contains 240 pages and 55 google slides of material specifically designed for students with special learning needs, especially autism, who are in middle and high school. This unit addresses not only each branch of government but also the checks and balances in place and how a bill becomes a law (Legislative Process) in a simplified but rigorous way for students with diverse learning needs to make meaningful and authentic connections to the material. There are many opportunities for students to engage in repeated information on how the US government is structured and works. This repetition helps students make connections to this important and often abstract information. In addition, many of the activities and assessments include more than one version, suggestions for differentiation, and options for presentation.

✩✩✩ This unit now has digital versions of the activities. There are 55 google slides (including a differentiated set) and a movie version of the books.✩✩✩

See the preview for a more detailed look at the contents.


Branches of Government for Middle and HS Unit Includes:


⭐ This unit comes in 2 complete files. One is in color and one is in black and white.


In the zipped folder you will find:

  • 18 days of lesson plans
  • Branches of Government activities in color
  • Branches of Government activities in black and white
  • Voice-recorded PowerPoint show
  • Branches of Government book (PowerPoint) to use with activities
  • How a bill Becomes a Law book (PowerPoint) to use with activities
  • President Joe Biden book (PowerPoint)
  • VP Kamala Harris book (PowerPoint)
  • Links and directions to digital activities


Branches of Government Activities:


  • Vocabulary board
  • 28 Vocabulary cards and cut/paste activities (digital version included)
  • 3 Circle maps (2 versions of each) (digital version included)
  • Sequencing the steps of the legislative process (digital version included)
  • 3 Flow charts one for each branch (2 versions of each) (digital version included)
  • 4 Matching activities (match duty/entity with the correct branch) (digital version included)
  • 2 Checks and Balances flow charts (digital version included)
  • Vocabulary Word Search
  • Symbol Sudoku Puzzles (2 levels) (digital version included)
  • 4 Cut and paste close worksheets (digital version included)
  • Assessments (3 versions) (digital version included)


Much of what I have learned about curriculum development is incorporated in these units. For example, do not be afraid of repetition. It is critical that students with significant disabilities get to experience material over several days to be able to fully assimilate what is being taught. Also, adding visual supports to your printables and class activities helps students be able to pay more attention to the content you are presenting rather than the mechanics of what is expected. Finally, ask questions. Good questions!! Regardless of the material, if we can ask students good questions it will push them to think more deeply than before.

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I am currently developing more units, and any feedback I get helps me make improvements in the future. Plus, it just means a lot to me.