Public Opinion: Crash Course Government and Politics #33

If asked to name the senators who represent your state, could you do it? The 33rd installment of a 50-part United States and government and politics series addresses the issue of public opinion. Class members view a short video and analyze how the thoughts and ideas of the public expressed through open discussion and debate impact government policy.

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CCSS: Adaptable
Instructional Ideas
  • Create an opinion poll for students to take regarding a key school issue and collect the results
  • Assign a reading on how public opinion forms and sometimes impacts policy
Classroom Considerations
  • All individuals need online access if assigning the video as homework 
  • This resource is only available on an unencrypted HTTP website. It should be fine for general use, but don’t use it to share any personally identifiable information
Pros
  • Provides primary sources and court cases for further research of key concepts
  • Lesson includes a thought bubble that animates concepts for visual learners
Cons
  • None