Law, Politics, and Government
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Grades: 6 - 12

Focus Area Description:  Explore and investigate principles and practices in criminal justice, political science, elections, and government.

Our current library of 116 videos in this Focus Area are available in the subareas listed to the right; to view them click a thumbnail and become a member of Educate.Today.

To see sample videos in this area of the collection, click any of the titles below:

New February 2023! Different Judicial Perspectives on Interpreting the Constitution

Other Samples:
New January 2023! President George H.W. Bush Describes His Approach to Decision Making as Chief Executive
New December 2022! HUD’s Use of Paired Testing to Monitor Housing
Applying the Concept of “Effective Counsel”
The Origins of the Federal Reserve

Quick Ideas for Using our Law, Politics, and Government Videos:

  • Use the videos in class to provide first person insights from experts as you and your students study America’s system of government, criminal justice, or elections.
  • Use the videos with lesson plans you create that have students research a particular aspect/principle of American Government and develop a presentation for the class that presents their learning and includes video clips with expert analysis/explanation of that concept.
  • Use the videos as a conversation starter for a class discussion on a topic, event, or person linked to the topics you are studying in class.
  • Use the videos with journal prompts for students to write about as they respond to/reflect on content included in the video.
  • Have students view videos looking for places where experts assert their own opinion about a topic related to law, politics, or government. Have students respond to that assertion with their own opinion and look for evidence to support their point of view from other videos in the collection.
  • As part of student research for a History Day project, paper, etc., have students view relevant videos to find primary source information they can use.
  • Use the videos dealing with criminal justice as part of lesson plans you create where students explain a principle or practice of the American criminal justice system to someone with no knowledge of the system. Have them use clips from the videos as part of their presentation or video, or as quotes in a paper they write.
  • Provide the videos for students to view independently to satisfy their own curiosity/interest on topics related to law, politics, and government.
  • Have students include insights gained through the videos as part of their projects, papers, and presentations on a legal, political, or governmental subject by:
    • interpreting and/or summarizing what they saw and learned in the video.
    • citing quotations from the expert in the video.