The Bicameral Congress: 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 30 questions based on The Crash Course U.S. Government and Politics video: The Bicameral Congress.
This assignment will ask students to go to YouTube and watch the Crash Course U.S. Government and Politics video: The Bicameral Congress. The video will introduce students to the Legislative Branch of the U.S. government and explain the differences between the House of Representatives and the Senate. The requirements to serve in each house, the term lengths, and number of members in each are reviewed. The different powers of each house are also covered. The historical reasoning behind creating two houses is reviewed, students will learn about the Virginia Plan and the New Jersey Plan, as well as the compromise that led to the current system. The reasoning the Framers had for creating two houses is reviewed and students will see how the houses serve as an intra-branch check. The video concludes by reviewing the powers of each house as well as discussing why the Framers created differing term limits for a Senator and a member of the House.
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.