Interest Group Formation: 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 29 questions based on The Crash Course U.S. Government and Politics video: Interest Group Formation.
This assignment will ask students to go to YouTube and watch the Crash Course U.S. Government and Politics video: Interest Group Formation. This video will provide students with an insight into why interest groups are formed. The concept of "free riding" is discussed as is why interest groups are formed to circumvent free riding. The benefits people receive from joining an interest group are also discussed, things such as material benefits, informational benefits, solidarity benefits, and purposive benefits. The next part of the video looks at the process of lobbying and how it works. Both insider strategies (using the courts and directly communicating with elected officials) and outsider strategies (mobilizing the public and grassroots campaigning) of lobbying are explained. The video also reviews how lobbying rules have recently been updated by Congress. The video concludes by taking a closer look at grassroots lobbying and how it has an impact on the American government.
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.