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The American System of Government

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American politics can be fascinating, but to better understand what is going on in the US, we need to understand what the Founding Fathers had in mind when they agreed on the Constitution in 1787. In groups of 3, work with these sources:

Discuss: what are the advantages and disadvantages of the US political system? Do you know of instances when the branches of government have come into conflict with each other?  Discuss whether the Supreme Court has too much power in the US or not. Do you think this is an extremely democratic form of government? Why/why not?

In pairs, take turns and explain the system of checks and balances. Then explain the role of the federal government.

Work with this exercise to learn relevant vocabulary to this topic:

9/11- 17 years after

Sept 9

9/11/01 is the day most people remember and many recall what they did that day and where they were, be it in the US or Norway. Thousands of innocent people were killed and many lost their loved ones.  What many may not be aware of is that several people who were near the sites or at the sites have been diagnosed with severe illnesses in the years after such as cancer. The terror that affected NYC also had implications affecting not only the US society but the world in general. Today you will find out how 9/11 affected US society by reading and discussing these articles: