Interest Group Formation: Crash Course Government and Politics #43

Teachers around the nation are a part of a special interest group, through the NEA union, that fights in Washington DC for better education. Scholars investigate reasons interest groups, like the NEA, form. A short video, the 43rd of a 50-part series, creates open thought and discussion on the power of interest groups and their roles in American policy and lawmaking. 

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CCSS: Adaptable
Instructional Ideas

  • Come up with a series of questions for viewers to answer during the video
  • Extend the lesson with research on the formation of interest groups in America
Classroom Considerations

  • Requires online technology if students view the video outside of class 
Pros

  • Includes humor and animation to differentiate instruction 
  • Lesson cites primary sources for further research and investigation 
Cons

  • None