Freedom of Speech: 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 27 questions based on The Crash Course U.S. Government and Politics video: Freedom of Speech.
This assignment will ask students to go to YouTube and watch the Crash Course U.S. Government and Politics video: Freedom of Speech. The video will first explain the portion of the First Amendment dealing with freedom of speech and what how an individual is protected by this right. The video makes it clear that you are protected from the government stifling free speech however, private employers can still fire you if you insult or criticize their business. The strongest speech protected by the First Amendment, political speech, is explained as is the preferred position it receives in the court system. The case of Brandenburg v. Ohio is examined and students will see an example of how far political speech is protected. Symbolic speech and commercial speech are also explained and the protection they receive under the First Amendment are covered. The fact that spending on political campaigns is also considered free speech is reviewed. The controversy surrounding hate speech is discussed as is the policy of "fighting words", one of the few times free speech isn't guaranteed. The video also looks at the court cases of U.S. v. Schenck and Pickering v. Board of Education to help demonstrate the power of the First Amendment regarding free speech.
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.