How a Bill Becomes Law: 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 28 questions based on The Crash Course U.S. Government and Politics video: How a Bill Becomes Law.
This assignment will ask students to go to YouTube and watch the Crash Course U.S. Government and Politics video: How a Bill Becomes Law. The video will first introduce students to who introduces bills- members of Congress. The video discusses where men and women in Congress get the ideas for bills, whether it be their own idea or that of a lobbyist, the executive, or their constituents. The video then describes how a bill moves through the houses of Congress- this includes committees, open/closed rule debate, and passing with a majority in a house (or dying without a majority). The process is then repeated in the other house of Congress. The video then explains what happens when both the House and Senate pass a bill and send it to the President. The options available to the President when presented a bill are reviewed and explained. Students will learn how a bill becomes law in the end- either through the Presidential signature or Congress overturning a Presidential veto with a 2/3 majority vote in both houses. The video concludes by going over how a bill can be killed much easier than being passed. Students are shown how the Founders were scared of tyrannical and authoritarian laws being passed and they wanted to make it easy for bad bills to be defeated. For a bonus at the end, a link is included for the School House Rock video: I'm Just a Bill. It is referenced several times in the Crash Course video.
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.