Election Basics: 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 27 questions based on The Crash Course U.S. Government and Politics video: Election Basics.
This assignment will ask students to go to YouTube and watch the Crash Course U.S. Government and Politics video: Election Basics. This video will provide an initial insight into the election process in the United States. The video explains what rules the Constitution has regarding elections (not many) and then goes on to explain how the states create most of the rules for elections. The different requirements states have for voting and the rules they put in place are reviewed. The 12th, 24th, and 26th Amendments are all discussed and are used to show how they expanded the voting process. The second half of the video focuses on the plurality rule for American elections and the benefits and disadvantages it has. Students will see how the plurality rule will always allow a winner to be easily decided, it's efficient. However, the paradox that arises from the plurality rule, when a candidate wins yet more people voted against them than for them, is also discussed. The video concludes by looking at Duverger’s Law and describing how it has resulted in only two viable political parties in the United States.
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.