How Things Work: The Three Branches of Government

by  Preservation Virginia

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The U.S. Constitution devised a three-branch system of government for the new nation in 1789, but how does this radical democratic system work, and what does it entail? What was Chief Justice John Marshall’s role in elevating the Supreme Court to co-equal status alongside the other two branches?

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40 min

Target Audience

Education: Grade(s) 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, Teacher(s)/Educator(s), Adult Learners, Homeschool/Family , Learning Pod

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Primary Disciplines

Social Studies/History

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Videoconference – Webcam/desktop (Zoom, Google Meet, Cisco WebEx, GoToMeeting, Microsoft Teams, etc...)
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Preservation Virginia

Richmond, VA
United States

Founded in 1889, Preservation Virginia is the country's oldest statewide historic preservation group. In addition to engaging in extensive advocacy work and helping preserve historic structures and places across the Commonwealth, Preservation Virginia also owns, operates, and interprets six historic sites across the state. These historic sites include Historic Jamestowne (1609, Jamestown), Bacon's Castle (1665, Surry), Patrick Henry's Scotchtown (1719, Hanover), Smith's Fort Plantation (1763, Surry), John Marshall House (1790, Richmond), and Cape Henry Lighthouse (1791, Virginia Beach). Visit our website to learn more about our preservation efforts, visiting our historic sites, and more! 

Meika Downey

Program Details


Using the John Marshall House–the 1790 home of our 4th Supreme Court Chief Justice–as a lens, this program will use visual aids, primary sources, historic objects, and Q&A to explore and examine the concept, function, and interaction between the three branches of government.


Students will understand the concept, function, and interaction between the three branches of government, as well as learn about Chief Justice John Marshall’s role in elevating the power of the Supreme Court. Students will exercise skills in primary source analysis, historical inquiry, critical thinking, active citizenship, connecting past to present, and evaluating change over time.

Standards Alignment

State Standards

CE.1a, i; CE.2a, b, c; CE.5a, b; CE.6a, b, c, d; CE.a, b;
GOVT.1a, b, f; GOVT.4c, d; GOVT.5a, d; GOVT.6a, b, c, e; GOVT.7a, b, c; GOVT.9a, b; GOVT.10a, b, c; GOVT.13a, b, c;