Political Parties: 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 27 questions based on The Crash Course U.S. Government and Politics video: Political Parties.
This assignment will ask students to go to YouTube and watch the Crash Course U.S. Government and Politics video: Political Parties. This video will provide an insight into the purpose and function of political parties in the U.S. The video will begin with a brief description of what political parties are and what function they serve. The 3 reasons for forming political parties are reviewed and explained: they facilitate collective action in the electoral process, they facilitate policy making, and they help contain political ambition. The rest of the video explains the five main functions of political parties: recruiting candidates, nominating candidates, getting out the vote, facilitating electoral choice, and influencing the national government. Each of these five functions is explained using real life examples and scenarios. The primary and nomination process during the presidential election is especially covered and how parties play a role in the process. The video also reviews how political parties impact both the operations of Congress and the role of the President.
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.