Public Opinion: 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: Public Opinion.
This assignment will ask students to go to YouTube and watch the Crash Course U.S. Government and Politics video: Public Opinion. This video will provide an insight into the political polling process in the United States. The video will first introduce the idea of public opinion and how it can influence the government. The video also provides examples of when the government hasn't listened to public opinion and why. Condorcet’s Jury Theorem is defined and used to explain why a larger sampling of individual opinions will often result in a more coherent message. The rest of the video focuses on the act of polling itself. The reasons behind political campaigns conducting polls, margins of error, and sampling bias are all explained and have several examples provided for each. Students will get to see how public opinions are received by the government in ways besides voting.
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.