Beacon Lesson Plan Library
Read My Lips
Bay District Schools
Get your students prepared to learn more about Florida's government by teaching them the three branches of government. Students write and present a campaign speech explaining the reasons why they would be the best candidate for governor.
The student understands the functions of government under the framework of the Florida Constitution.
The student knows the branches of Florida state government.
-Overhead transparency of the three branches of government and the responsibilities of each branch
-Copy and make a transparency of a state budget (See Weblinks)
-Student copies of Read My Lips Speech Checklist (See Associated File)
1. Set up an overhead projector and make sure it works.
2. Make a transparency of the three branches of government and the responsibilities of each branch.
3. Copy and make a transparency of a state budget. (See Weblinks)
4. Make student copies of the Read My Lips Speech Checklist for assessing. (See Associated File)
The focus of this lesson is on the executive branch of government. (This lesson should be taught after the students have learned about the judicial and legislative branches of government.)
1. Ask for a show of hands from those students who would like to be in charge and responsible for the decisions made in the classroom.
2. Explain that the state of Florida elects someone to be in charge and responsible for the entire state. Discuss with the class who the governor is at the present time and the functions of the governor.
3. Introduce the executive branch of government and how it correlates with the other two parts of government (judicial and legislative).
4. Explain the two major functions of the executive branch--making a state budget and overseeing the other branches of government.
5. Discuss the current budget for the state of Florida. Use only three parts of the budget. (Example: education, healthcare, and transportation)
6. Conduct a mock budget with the class by giving them $100.00 to work with. The studens then decide how the money is distributed within the budget. This process shows why the governor needs to possess good math skills and organizational qualities.
7. Provide feedback and mediation as needed.
1. Review the executive branch of government with the class.
2. Discuss the role and responsibilities of the governor.
3. Brainstorm, in cooperative groups, what qualities make up a good governor, focusing on the responsibilities of the governor.
4. Instruct students to write a two-minute campaign speech. The speech should contain knowledge of the three branches of government, the responsibilities of the governor, and how they would carry out those responsibilities. Encourage students to emphasize qualities they possess that a governor needs.
5. Direct students to write and focus on two main points that they would like to address in their speech. Students must also support the reasons why they should be the candidate for governor. Give students the remainder of the class period to write and peer-edit speeches. (Note: To help students remain focused during their writing, hand out copies of the Read My Lips Speech Checklist before students begin.)
1. Give students time to practice their speech either individually or with a partner.
2. Have students present their campaign speeches.
3. As each student presents their speech, the teacher uses the Read My Lips Speech Checklist (See Associated File) to assess the student's knowledge of concepts taught.
As a formative assessment, students write and present a speech describing the executive branch of government, its responsibilities, and the responsibities of Florida’s governor. A Read My Lips Speech Checklist (See Associated File) is used to assess the students' speeches.
To learn more about the branches of government, see the following Beacon lessons:
Branches of Government
Makers of the Law, The Legislative Branch
Is it Legal? - The Judicial System
Enforcers of the Law, The Executive Branch
Rock the Vote (legislative branch)
Online Sunshine: The Official Internet Site of the Florida Legislature offers budget information and a link to Online Sunshine for Kids: Your Legislature. Welcome Kids