How Voters Decide: 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 25 questions based on The Crash Course U.S. Government and Politics video: How Voters Decide.
This assignment will ask students to go to YouTube and watch the Crash Course U.S. Government and Politics video: How Voters Decide. This video will provide an insight into the three main factors which influence a voter: Party loyalty, the issues involved in the election, and the characteristics of the candidate involved. All three of these factors are broken down one at a time and analyzed individually. Where party loyalty originates from (historical, parental influence), the characteristics of candidates which attract and repel voters, and how candidates address different issues are all discussed. The negative aspect of how a person's prejudices impacts their voting is also addressed by looking at the Bradley Effect.
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.