Congressional Decisions: Crash Course U.S. Government and Politics Video Analysis with Key- This is a 6 page document that contains a video analysis assignment and a completed teachers key for easy marking. It contains 20 questions based on The Crash Course U.S. Government and Politics video: Congressional Decisions.
This assignment will ask students to go to YouTube and watch the Crash Course U.S. Government and Politics video: Congressional Decisions. The video will first introduce students to the three main agencies which influence members of Congress: their constituency, interest groups, and political parties. The video then goes through each of these three groups and explains how they impact decision making. The importance of keeping your constituency happy is reviewed first. Congressmen will not be re-elected if they ignore their contingency. The work of interest groups is explained and how they get a say in legislation most often via providing information to members of Congress. The impact of interest groups on bills during the committee stage is especially covered. The video concludes by looking at party leadership and how it impacts Congressional decision making. The Speaker of the House, party whips, and the President are all shown to influence members of Congress, whether a party controls both the legislative and executive or if there is a divided 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.