Gerrymandering: 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 25 questions based on The Crash Course U.S. Government and Politics video: Gerrymandering.
This assignment will ask students to go to YouTube and watch the Crash Course U.S. Government and Politics video: Gerrymandering. This video will initially provide an insight into Congressional apportionment in the United States. How states are awarded seats in the House and the Senate is reviewed and the differences between the two is explained. The importance of the census and a state's population is then discussed when electoral districts for the House are explained. The 53 California House members are compared to the single member that comes from several of the smaller states. The second half of the video follows the process of how state legislatures are responsible for creating electoral boundaries and the gerrymandering that takes place. The creation of solidly Democratic or Republican districts is reviewed as is how some districts are designed to give minority voters a voice. Another reason for skewed electoral results, the urban/rural divide is also discussed. The video contains an informative info-graphic which shows how gerrymandering can manipulate a states population and their party backing several different ways to achieve different electoral outcomes. A bonus video link is included at the end of the assignment for another quick video tutorial on YouTube.
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.