Congressional Elections: 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 23 questions based on The Crash Course U.S. Government and Politics video: Congressional Elections.
This assignment will ask students to go to YouTube and watch the Crash Course U.S. Government and Politics video: Congressional Elections. The video will first introduce students to the election cycle of both the House and Senate, as well as explain the reasoning behind the frequency of elections as stated by the Constitution. The video then moves into analyzing the actual campaign necessities needed to run for Congress: a candidate with a clean slate and the ability to raise a large amount of money. The advantage the incumbent enjoys in Congressional elections is reviewed and the low turnover rate of Congressmen is addressed. The video concludes by looking at concept of the The Electoral Connection- the idea that Congressmen are primarily motivated to get re-elected. The ability for Congressmen to advertise themselves, claim credit, and take positions on things of interest are explained as being essential in order to be elected.
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.