Classroom Presentation (in order to view the presentation and listen to the audio lectures simultaneously, right click the .pdf attachment [or, if using a Mac, control + click the attachment], open the attachment in a separate window, and play the appropriate audio presentation below):

Audio Presentations (open the classroom presentation above in a separate window, and select the appropriate audio presentation by hitting the play button):

Supplementary Resources (a number of items have been provided below - pictures, video clips, downloadable attachments, etc. - to help you further investigate the themes and lessons encountered in this unit; note that, due to certain Internet restrictions, not all video clips may be accessible while at school):

Note: Many of the following images were taken from The Georgia Studies Book: Our State and the Nation (Jackson, E.L., Stakes, M.E., Hepburn, L.R., & Hepburn, M.A.; 2004; Athens, GA: The Carl Vinson Institute of Government). Though there are many fine Georgia Studies textbooks in circulation, this one is, in my opinion, the most excellent and has been, for over a decade, the standard!!!

Though there are some differences, Georgia's system of checks and balances is very similar to the Federal system.
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Just as the President, the head of the Federal executive branch, the Governor, as head of the state executive branch, serves many roles.
As of 2012, Georgia has only had three Republican governors: Rufus Brown Bullock (during the Reconstruction era), Sonny Perdue, and Nathan Deal.
A typical county government. Counties are almost always governed by a Board of Commissioners. Georgia is the only exception - it uses a Board of Commissioners as well as a sole Commissioner. Currently, Georgia has the only nine counties in the United States that have a sole Commissioner: Bartow, Bleckley, Chattooga, Murray, Pickens, Pulaski, Towns, Union, and Walker. With the exception of Bartow and Walker Counties, the counties that use a sole Commissioner are small and rural.
Counties were created by the state constitution. Georgia has 159, second only to Texas. According to Georgia's current constitution, the Constitution of 1983, the number of counties is absolutely fixed at 159 (conceivable, the number of counties could drop, but only through a consolidation of two or more existing counties).
In a "Strong Mayor" system, the Mayor runs the day-to-day operations of the municipality as though he/she were the chief executive; in a "Weak Mayor" system, the Mayor serves primarily in a ceremonial capacity; in a "Council-Manager" system, the City Council runs the city like a corporation and hires a manager to run the municipality's day-to-day operations.
Special-Purpose Administrations or Districts are forms of local government established by cities or counties to meet specific needs (e.g., transportation authorities, airports, school districts, utility companies, etc.). These forms of government are normally funded by user fees or loans, concentrate on a single need, and can be flexible enough to extend its services beyond city or county lines.


How a Bill Becomes a Law ("Just a Bill" from Schoolhouse Rock):

The Green Tree Frog - How a Bill Becomes a Law

Georgia Government Review:

Enrichment Activities (using the "Analyzing a Primary Source" worksheet, download and analyze one of the attached primary source documents below):