Congressional Committees: Crash Course U.S. Government and Politics Video Analysis with Key- This is a 10 page document that contains a video analysis assignment and a completed teachers key for easy marking. It contains 34 questions based on The Crash Course U.S. Government and Politics video: Congressional Committees.
This assignment will ask students to go to YouTube and watch the Crash Course U.S. Government and Politics video: Congressional Committees. The video will first introduce students to the different forms of committees in both houses of Congress: standing committees, special/select committees, and conference committees. The reasoning behind wanting to serve on a committee is then discussed, Congresspeople want to build their brand for election time and also pursue their own interests. The process a bill follows through a committee is then covered. Students will learn about proposal power, gate-keeping authority, and the marking up of a bill in committee. The voting process of bills in committees is covered and students will learn what happens to a bill after a yes or no vote (going on to the full House/Senate or the bill dying in committee). The video then moves on to Congressional staff and the function that they serve. The staff assistants to individual Congresspeople and members of particular staff agencies (Congressional Research Service, Accountability Office) are described and differentiated. The video concludes by looking at the Caucus system within the United States Congress and explains the functions that they serve.
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.