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Pennsylvania Projects - Government of Pennsylvania

Harness the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania Constitution to answer the questions.

1. Article 1 of the Pennsylvania Constitution describes a list of ...

a. According to Article 1 - Political Powers Section 2., what do the people have the right to do?


b. Why would people need to do that?


c. Which one of these rights would you be willing to forfeit?





2. Article II - Legislature

a. What is the legislative body of Pennsylvania called?

b. Name the two parts of the Legislature.


c. What are the terms of the members of each body?


d. What disqualifies an individual from holding one of these elected positions?


e. Section 12 directs a member who has a personal or private interest in any measure or
bill to take two specific actions. Write them.



f. How many people in the Pennsylvania Legislature represent you?

g. Who are the elected officials in the Pennsylvania Legislature that represent you?



3. Article IV - The Executive

a. The chief executive of the Commonwealth is commonly called the ....

b. Who currently holds this office?

c. List the other members of the Executive Department and their primary duty.



d. What is the maximum number of years a person can serve as the Executive?


e. The President of the United States can choose to pocket veto a bill.
What would occur if the Governor of Pennsylvania did this?


4. Article V - Judiciary

a. Write in descending order the courts of the Judiciary system of Pennsylvania.



b. Compare and Contrast the Supreme Court of Pennsylvania and the
Supreme Court of the United States.


Resource: Creating A Commonwealth - Guide to State government | A Citizens' Guide to a Modern Constitutional Convention in PA.

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"All power is inherent in the people, and all free governments are founded on their authority and instituted for their peace, safety, and happiness. For the advancement of these ends they have at all times an inalienable and indefeasible right to alter, reform or abolish their government in such manner as they may think proper." Benjamin Franklin, Pennsylvania Constitution 1789.

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Aligned with the following Pennsylvania Academic Standards
History - 8.1. Historical Analysis and Skills Development B. Explain and analyze historical sources. D. Analyze and interpret historical
8.2. Pennsylvania History B. Identify and analyze primary documents, material artifacts and historic sites important in Pennsylvania history from 1787 to Present.

Civics and Government 5.3. How Government Works A. Identify the elected representative bodies responsible for making local, Pennsylvania and United States laws. A. Compare the structure, organization and operation of local, state and national governments. B. Describe the responsibilities and powers of the three branches of government. E. Identify major leaders of local, state and national governments, their primary duties and their political party affiliation.

Reading Writing, Listening and Speaking
1.2. 5, 8, 11 Reading Critically in All Content Areas - A. Read and understand essential content of informational texts and documents in all academic areas.
1.2. 5, 8, 11 Reading Critically in All Content Areas - B. Use and understand a variety of media and evaluate the quality of material produced.
1.4.5. 8, 11 Types of Writing - B. Write multi-paragraph informational pieces (e.g., essays, descriptions, letters, reports, instructions).
1.5.5, 8, 11 Quality of Writing - A. Write with a sharp, distinct focus identifying topic, task and audience.
1.5.5, 8, 11 Quality of Writing - B. Write using well-developed content appropriate for the topic.
1.6.5, 8, 11 Speaking and Listening - F. Use media for learning purposes.
1.8.5, 8, 11 Research - B. Locate information using appropriate sources and strategies.
1.8. 5, 8, 11 Research - C. Organize and present the main ideas from research. Credit sources using a structured format.

Pennsylvania Writing Assessment Domain Scoring Guide

Science and Technology - 3.7.7 A. Apply computer software to solve specific problems. • Identify software designed to meet specific needs (e.g., Computer Aided Drafting, design software, tutorial, financial, presentation software). • Identify and solve basic software problems relevant to specific software applications. • Identify basic multimedia applications. • Demonstrate a basic knowledge of desktop publishing applications.

Aligned with the National Standards for Civics and Government