Presidential Power: Crash Course U.S. Government and Politics Video Analysis with Key- This is a 6 page document that contains a video analysis assignment and a completed teachers key for easy marking. It contains 21 questions based on The Crash Course U.S. Government and Politics video: Presidential Power.
This assignment will ask students to go to YouTube and watch the Crash Course U.S. Government and Politics video: Presidential Power. The video will first introduce students to the requirements needed to become President as well as the role of the Electoral College and why the Framers created it. This video reviews the formal powers of the President- those granted to him by the Constitution. His role as Commander in Chief and his diplomatic/foreign relations roles are first reviewed. The video then covers his requirement to deliver a State of the Union address to Congress and explains the history behind this practice. The legislative power of the President- vetoing laws passed by Congress, as well as his role in the judiciary- appointing judges and offering pardons/reprieves is also discussed. The video concludes by going over whey the Framers gave the President few actual powers in the Constitution- They were afraid of a strong executive, like a king, in charge of a standing army so they sought to curtail the President’s powers by not giving him very many.
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.