5. UNIT AGENDA
• Virginia’s state govt
• Legislative branch
• General Assembly
• Executive branch
• Governor & his/her roles
Structure and organization of state courts
• Virginia’s local govt
• Organization of local govts
• Powers of local govts
• Relationship between state and local govts
• Board of supervisors: the local legislative body in counties
and is responsible for passing laws (ordinances) for the
• Circuit courts: In VA- judge, with or without jury; original
jurisdiction for felony criminal cases and for certain civil
cases; appellate jurisdiction from District Courts
• Felony: serious crimes , such as homicides and kidnapping
• General district courts: In VA- judge, no jury; original
jurisdiction for misdemeanors in civil cases generally
involving lower dollar amounts
• Juvenile & Domestic Relations Court: judge, no jury; original
jurisdiction in juvenile and family cases
• Lieutenant Governor: the official who succeeds the governor if the
governor dies, resigns, or is removed from office.
• Misdemeanor- less serious crimes, such as traffic violations or
• Ordinances- regulations that govern a local government unit
• Virginia General Assembly- lawmaking body of Virginia’s
11. TODAY’S AGENDA
• Notebook Check Quiz + Pre-Test
• Unit Introduction
• Clip & KWLs
• Virginia Constitution & Structure of State Govt
• Constitution Quest
14. A QUEST!
• Now that we have our background knowledge, we
are going to dive into a primary source- the Virginia
• You will use your copy of the Virginia Constitution to
find the answers on your worksheet.
• A prize for the person who has all of the correct
• Take these seriously, the answers to the questions
are your notes for the day.
What is an analogy?
• Comparisons based on similarity
• Example: Language Arts is to The Pearl as
Math is to the Algebra textbook.
• How are these related?