Congressional Leadership: 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 25 questions based on The Crash Course U.S. Government and Politics video: Congressional Leadership.
This assignment will ask students to go to YouTube and watch the Crash Course U.S. Government and Politics video: Congressional Leadership. The video will first introduce students to the leadership structure of the House of Representatives. The positions of Speaker, Majority/Minority Leader, and Majority/Minority Whip are explained; this includes how these positions are acquired and the duties that come with them. The video then explains the leadership structure of the Senate. The roles of the Majority/Minority Leaders, the Vice President, and the President pro tem of the Senate are explained; this includes how these positions are acquired and the duties that come with them. The primary ways Congressional leadership exercises power is then covered by the video. Committee appointments, fundraising ability, and media exposure of Congressional leadership are all used as examples of how the leadership exercises their power. The video concludes by looking at how the party system impacts Congressional leadership. Party unity and ideology is shown as a way for leadership to control the agenda more easily, the exception of the Tea Party movement of 2011 is also discussed.
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.