Social Studies - 2017-18
VS.10a - Three Branches of Virginia Government
The student will demonstrate knowledge of government, geography, and economics by
a) identifying the three branches of Virginia government and the function of each.
Bloom's Level: Remember
A government is the system of people, laws, and officials that define and control the country or political division (i.e., state, city, county) that you live in.
The governments of the United States and of Virginia are divided into three branches to prevent any one person or branch from getting too much power.
Each branch of government has specific powers and jobs to do.
UNDERSTANDING THE STANDARD
Virginia state government is made up of three parts (branches) that ensure Virginia laws agree with
the state constitution.
What are the three branches of government in Virginia, and what are the powers of each branch?
Draw conclusions and
make generalizations. (VS.1d)
The government of Virginia is divided into three branches.
- The General Assembly is the legislative branch
of the Virginia
government that makes state laws. It is divided into two parts—the Senate and
the House of Delegates.
- The governor heads the executive branch of the
state government. The executive branch makes sure that state laws are carried
- The judicial branch is the state’s court system. The judicial branch
decides cases about people accused of breaking the law and whether or not a law
agrees with Virginia’s