Political Campaigns: 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 32 questions based on The Crash Course U.S. Government and Politics video:Political Campaigns.
This assignment will ask students to go to YouTube and watch the Crash Course U.S. Government and Politics video: Political Campaigns. This video will provide an insight into the purpose, fundraising, and advertising behind a political campaign. The video will initially describe a political campaign and discuss the differences between a Presidential campaign and a Congressional campaign, as well as explain the RNC and DNC. The ways political campaigns get their message across is then explained. Television and media appearances, stump speeches and rallies, town halls, and commercials are reviewed as are more modern was to communicate such as Facebook, Twitter, email, and YouTube. The video moves on into an in depth discussion regarding campaign finances and donations. The The Federal Elections Campaign Act of 1971 is explained as is the controversy surrounding the First Amendment and limiting free speech by putting a cap on campaign donations. PACs, Super PACs, and 527 groups and their functions are also discussed. The video also includes the recent Supreme Court ruling in Citizens United v. the Federal Elections Commission which struck down a lot of campaign donation limits. The video concludes by presenting students with arguments for and against campaign finance reform and allows them to come to their own conclusion.
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.