Federalism: Crash Course U.S. Government and Politics Video Analysis with Key- This is an 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: Federalism.
This assignment will ask students to go to YouTube and watch the Crash Course U.S. Government and Politics video: Federalism. The video will introduce students to the definition of federalism and how the federal and state governments interact. The original dual federalism of the United States, which lasted from the nations inception until 1937 and the creation of the New Deal, is first discussed. The strict separation of powers between the federal and state levels are explained in detail. The shift to cooperative federalism is then explained due to the Great Depression and Roosevelt using money to encourage states to pursue nationally defined goals via money. Formula grants, project grants, and block grants are all reviewed and explained as ways the federal government gets the states to comply with federal goals. Regulated Federalism is also covered (EPA standards), as are unfunded mandates (OSHA). The video concludes by looking at the emergence of new federalism in the late 20th century and how some Presidents (Reagan, George H.W. Bush, and Clinton) favored less federal control and granting more block grants to states. The video also states how President George W. Bush showed more signs of a regulated federalism and why it is unlikely dual federalism will ever return.
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.