Presidential Powers II: 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 34 questions based on The Crash Course U.S. Government and Politics video: Presidential Powers II.
This assignment will ask students to go to YouTube and watch the Crash Course U.S. Government and Politics video: Presidential Powers II. The video will first introduce students to the formal powers of the President, those laid out in the Constitution. The majority of the video however is about the informal/implied powers that the President has which are not present in the Constitution. The video first reviews the President and his role as Commander in Chief- his ability to use the armed forces without Congress declaring war is discussed and why this is a positive and negative ability. The video then looks at the informal power the President has in foreign policy, specifically negotiating executive agreements, such as NAFTA. The informal powers the President has over the legislative branch are discussed, specifically the policy of legislative initiative- executive branch officials will actually draft the legislation they want and give it to Congress to refine into something they can pass. The video also explains the power of an executive order and how it can circumvent the Congress. The video concludes by explaining the policy of executive privilege as well as reviewing the other informal powers 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.