Legal System Basics: 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 37 questions based on The Crash Course U.S. Government and Politics video:Legal System Basics.
This assignment will ask students to go to YouTube and watch the Crash Course U.S. Government and Politics video: Legal System Basics. The video will first review the roles of the courts in the federal government, why they are separate from the executive and legislative, and how federal judges get their positions. The next portion of the video explains the difference between statutes and common law and where the two come from.The video explains in great detail how common law works, as well as the appeals system where most common law is written. The second half of the video goes over the three types of law: criminal, civil, and public. The usual jurisdictions (state vs. federal) of these three types of laws are explained as is the trial process, the prosecution/defendant in these trials, and the differing outcomes of these trials.
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.