Checks and Balances: Crash Course U.S. Government and Politics Video Analysis with Key- This is an 8 page document that contains a video analysis assignment and a completed teachers key for easy marking. It contains 27 questions based on The Crash Course U.S. Government and Politics video: Checks and Balances.
This assignment will ask students to go to YouTube and watch the Crash Course U.S. Government and Politics video: Checks and Balances. The video will introduce students to the three branches of the U.S federal government, and the individuals and bodies which are a part of each. The checks that the legislative, executive, and judicial branches have on the others are then explained in turn. The video describes how the legislative branch is the most powerful and why the Framers created this specific form of government. The fear of a tyrannical dictatorial president is explained as the reasoning behind making the legislative more powerful than the executive. The whole idea of a government with too much concentrated power is explained as a great fear and Federalist Paper 51 is used as an exemplar to showcase the reservations the Framers of the Constitution had when crafting a system of government.
This video analysis can be easily used as an introduction to the topic, a study guide, or a quick and easy sub plan. Students love the independence of this assignment by getting to use laptops, Chromebooks, or even their own cellphones to watch the video. Crash Course videos tend to move fast so students often find success if they watch the video through once before going back to pause/play to find the answers to all of the questions.