Activity Overview

A great way to provide students with equal footing and to facilitate better classroom discussion is to introduce them to key vocabulary and terms at the start of a lesson. In this activity, students will create a storyboard that defines and represents key vocabulary of the Executive Branch. This will help them better comprehend this branch of the United States government and provide a visual reference for later activities. Students should define the term in the column to the left and create a corresponding visualization of each defined vocabulary term. The number of terms in student’s storyboard can vary at the teacher’s discretion.

Executive Branch Vocabulary

  • Veto
  • Electoral College
  • White House
  • Cabinet
  • Executive Order
  • Impeachment
  • Pardon
  • State of The Union Address
  • Presidential Succession
  • Mandate
  • Primary Elections
  • Treaty
  • Treason
  • Vice-President
  • Lame Duck
  • Political Platform
  • Nominee
  • Liberal/Conservative

Template and Class Instructions

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Student Instructions

Create a storyboard that defines and illustrates key vocabulary for the Executive Branch.

  1. Click "Start Assignment".
  2. In the title boxes, identify the key terms you have chosen.
  3. In the description boxes, write the definition of the term and it's relationship to the Executive Branch.
  4. Create an illustration for each term using appropriate scenes, characters, and items.
  5. Save and exit when you're done.

Lesson Plan Reference


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Visual Vocabulary Assignment
Define, illustrate, and give an example sentence for any five vocabulary words.
Proficient Emerging Beginning
The definition is correct.
The definition is partially correct.
The definition is incorrect.
The storyboard cells clearly illustrate the meaning of the vocabulary words.
The storyboard cells relate to the meaning of the vocabulary words, but are difficult to understand.
The storyboard cells do not clearly relate to the meaning of the vocabulary words.

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