Structure of the Court System: Crash Course U.S. Government and Politics Video Analysis with Key- This is an 8 page document that contains a video analysis assignment and a completed teachers key for easy marking. It contains 25 questions based on The Crash Course U.S. Government and Politics video: Structure of the Court System.
This assignment will ask students to go to YouTube and watch the Crash Course U.S. Government and Politics video:Structure of the Court System. The video will first review the basic structure of the state and federal court systems and the path of the appeals process for both, ending at the Supreme Court. The video stresses that most criminal cases begin in the state courts. The video then reviews the circumstances when federal courts have original jurisdiction. The U.S. district courts and the higher U.S. circuit courts are described as is the functions that they serve. The video concludes by looking at the Supreme Court, the final appellate court for both state and federal cases. Cases where the Supreme Court also has original jurisdiction are explained. The video explains how the Supreme Court decides to hear cases and the criteria that the Supreme Court requires from a case before they hear it. The video also describes the situations when the Supreme Court almost always will hear a case.
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.