Judicial Decisions: 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 26 questions based on The Crash Course U.S. Government and Politics video: Judicial Decisions.
This assignment will ask students to go to YouTube and watch the Crash Course U.S. Government and Politics video:Judicial Decisions. The video will first discuss how both Congress and the President can have an influence on the decisions made by the Supreme Court. Congress can make a new law in response to the Court overturning an old law. Also, judges on lower courts may attempt to gain favor with a President by making decisions the President would want in order to be appointed to a vacant seat on the Supreme Court. However, most of the video is based on how a judges judicial philosophy impacts their decision making. Students will learn about both judicial activism and judicial restraint and the differences between them. A brief history of Supreme Courts with more judicial activism (1950's-1970's) and more judicial restraint (1980's-2000's) is given and the Chief Justices from these times are reviewed. The video does explain the link between judicial philosophy and political ideology (conservative vs. liberal) however, it does give many examples of when activist judges acted in a more conservative manner and how judges who believed in more judicial restraint acted liberally.
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.