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Crash Course U.S. Government

Welcome to Crash Course U.S. Government, a one semester class designed to cover important aspects of the U.S. government and political system.

Days marked with an asterisk mean you have something to print.

Day 1*

1. Watch the introductory video to this course.
2. Print today’s worksheet and use the video to answer the questions.

Day 2*

1. Watch the video about the division of power among the three branches of government in the United States.
2. Print today’s worksheet and use the video to answer the questions.

Day 3*

1. Watch the video about the bicameral congress.
2. Print the worksheets and use the video to answer the questions.

Day 4*

1. Watch the video about the legislative branch of the U.S. government.
2. Print today’s worksheet and use the video to answer the questions.

Day 5*

1. Watch the video about the separation of powers and checks and balances.
2. Print the worksheets and use the video to answer the questions.

Day 6*

1. Watch the video about federalism.
2. Print the worksheet and use the video to answer the questions.

Day 7*

1. Watch another video about federalism.
2. Print the worksheet and use the video to answer the questions.

Day 8*

1. Watch the video about constitutional compromises.
2. Print the worksheet and use the video to answer the questions.

Day 9*

1. Watch the introduction to the Bill of Rights.
2. Print your worksheet and use the video to answer the questions.

Day 10*

1. Watch the video about Congressional elections.
2. Print today’s worksheet and use the video to answer the questions.

Day 11*

1. Watch the video about Congressional committees.
2. Print the worksheet and use the video to answer the questions.

Day 12*

1. Watch the video about Congressional leadership.
2. Print the worksheet and use the video to answer the questions.

Day 13*

1. Watch the video about how a bill becomes a law.
2. Print the worksheet and use the video to answer the questions.

Day 14

1. Watch the Schoolhouse Rock video, “I’m Just a Bill.”
2. How does an idea become a bill? How does a bill become a law?

Day 15*

1. Watch the video about congressional decision making.
2. Print the worksheet and use the video to answer questions.

Day 16

1. Watch the video about divided government and gridlock in the United States.
2. Write a paragraph about divided government. What is something good about it? What is something bad about it?

Day 17*

1. Watch the video about Presidential power.
2. Print your worksheets and use the video to answer the questions.

Day 18

1. Watch the video about formal and informal Presidential powers.
2. Write a paragraph about informal Presidential powers. What can the President do that is not specifically spelled out in the Constitution?

*Day 19

1. Watch the second Crash Course video about Presidential powers.
2. Print the worksheet and use the video to answer the questions.

*Day 20

1. Watch the video about Congressional delegation.
2. Print the worksheet and use the video to answer the questions.

*Day 21

1. Watch the video about delegates, trustees, and politicos.
2. Print the worksheet and use the video to answer the questions.

*Day 22

1. Watch the video about how presidents govern.
2. Print the worksheets and use the video to answer the questions.

*Day 23

1. Watch the video about executive orders.
2. Print the worksheet and use the video to answer the questions.

*Day 24

1. Watch the video about bureaucracy.
2. Print the worksheet and use the video to answer the questions.

Day 25

1. Watch the video discussing types of bureaucracies.
2. Print the worksheet and use the video to answer the questions.