3 Branches of Government Metaphor
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3 Branches of Government Metaphor
a thing regarded as representative or symbolic of something else, especially something abstractSlide2
3 Branches of Government MetaphorFor this assignment you will work on your own or with 1 partner and create a metaphor poster that completes this comparison: “The three branches of government under the Constitution are like a …” You will also design and create an illustration for your metaphor, complete with a brief written explanation of why the metaphor is accurate. Your group’s metaphor must have the following features:
1. An accurate metaphor. You may choose from the following list of ideas, or you can come up with your own:a football team
a musical band
a three-part machine
use a 3 ring circus. If you come up with your own – you need to check with me
At the top of your paper you must have a title, written clearly and in large letters, that reads “The three branches of government under the Constitution are like a ___________”3. Create a central image for your metaphor. Your image should be bold and show effort. For each of the required items and the five additional items, create a visual or part of a visual that represents each item. Be sure they are labeled and that they fit with the theme of your metaphor.
metaphor must make direct comparisons between the 3 branches of government and the metaphor. In doing so you must label on your metaphor the required items listed
Constitution, The People, Executive Branch, Legislative Branch, Judicial Branch, President, Congress, The Supreme Court, Checks and Balances, Separation of Powers, Senate, House of RepresentativesSlide4
5. Explanation. Alongside or below your image, write the word BECAUSE followed by a list of the three most important similarities between the thing you illustrated and the three branches of government.
On the back of your paper, create a key identifying why you chose what you chose for each item used in the comparison.
On the back of your paper,
write the two
most important ways in which the thing in your metaphor is different from the three branches of government
metaphor should be neat, colorful, creative and show effort
7. Example: Three ring circus discussed in class.
The three branches of government under the Constitution are like a 3 ring circusBECAUSE ….* a three ring circus involves a lot of different people with set, clear roles*of the balance involved( the trapeze people, juggling, balancing on a ball
etc.) - the system we have there is a balance of different powers*There are some potential negatives/dangers to our system (tigers? Falling off the trapeze or high wire) with things like gridlock, bureaucratic mess, inability to act at some points, the
Key with explanation:Executive – Ring 2Legislative – Ring 1 Holds all the action.Judicial – Ring 3People – fans, watching & participating w/ applauseConstitution – poles that hold the tent, the high wire, etc. – keeps it all togetherChecks & balances – megaphone & whip – makes sure everyone is doing as they shouldSeparation of Powers – Ring Barriers – separates the 3 branchesSupreme Court – Elephants – smart & don’t forget (rulings set precedent for future rulings)Congress – Circus Showmen – They are the ActionPresident – Ring master – keeps things movingConvention – tent (everything is under the big top)
House – Trapeze (Flips and swings)Senate – high wire (balanced membership)}