Freedom of Religion: 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 20 questions based on The Crash Course U.S. Government and Politics video: Freedom of Religion.
This assignment will ask students to go to YouTube and watch the Crash Course U.S. Government and Politics video:Freedom of Religion. The video will first explain the portion of the First Amendment dealing with freedom of religion and the two clauses regarding religion in the First Amendment, the establishment clause and the free exercise clause. The majority of the video then discusses the Lemon v. Kurtzman Supreme Court case of 1971. The three pronged process the Supreme Court used to measure if a states law violated the First Amendment (known today as the Lemon test) are discussed and explained. The video also discusses the case of Engel v. Vitale, which ruled that prayer in schools violated religious freedoms. The video concludes by examining how some school districts have tried to bypass the Lemon test in order to allow school prayer.
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.