Students watch a short video about Oregon’s state and tribal governments. They then work in small groups to create a Venn diagram comparing the organization and function of the two co-existing systems.
This lesson is part of "Great States: Oregon | Unit 6: Statehood." A variety of historical sources provide the lens through which students will view Oregon’s emergence as a state in the mid-1800s.
4.14: Explain the organization and functions of Oregon government.
- Video: Great States | Oregon Government
- An interactive whiteboard, projector, or another type of screen to show videos to the class
- Notebooks or loose-leaf paper
- Class set of Comparing Governments handout
- Comparing Governments Answer Key
Review with students the three branches of the US federal government: executive (carries out the laws), legislative (makes the laws), and judicial (interprets the laws). Indicate that Oregon has two systems of government: a state government that mirrors the federal government, and tribal governments that govern the Native Peoples’ communities.
Break students into groups of four. Tell them that they will be watching a video about Oregon’s two systems of government. Two members of each group should take notes about the state government, while the other two take notes about the tribal governments.
Play the video, Great States | Oregon Government. [4:15]
After the video, have students compare with the group member who was taking notes on the same system to make sure that both have the same information. Then, distribute the Comparing Governments handout, and have the group come together to fill out the Venn diagram comparing the state and tribal systems.
For more detailed information about the branches of government, click here: The Powers of Government.