Unit 3

Why is the US Constitution so hard to amend? - Peter Paccone - Ted Ed - 4:17

An explanation of the amendment process of the US Constitution. Why was the constitution created to be hard to amend? How does an amendment pass?


HS: 15

MS: Not much of a discussion on the amendment process


JUDICIAL REVIEW: MARBURY V MADISON - Constitution Center - 2:05

A brief explanation of Marbury v. Madison. What were the circumstances of the case? What were the results? What were the long term effects on the role the Supreme Court has in the American political system?

HS: 15, 24, 25

MS:21, 16 



Judicial Review: Crash Course Government and Politics #21 - 8:00

An explanation of judicial review. What is judicial review? What is the difference between appellate and original jurisdiction? Why is judicial review controversial? What federal/state actions can the Supreme Court challenge? How did the SUpreme Court “acquire” judicial review?

HS: 15, 24, 25

MS: 21, 16



Why Do We Have Political Parties? - Origin of Everything - 11:26

How and Why did modern American political parties develop? What are political parties? How did the founders view political parties? What were some of the views and issues of earlier American political parties?

HS: 16, 22, 23

MS: 20



Political Parties: Crash Course Government and Politics #40 - 9:22

Political parties. What are political parties? Why do we have political parties? What are some arguments in favor of political parties? What do political parties do? How can a person become a political candidate?

HS: 16, 22, 23

MS: 20



Party Systems: Crash Course Government and Politics #41 - 10:47 

Historical development of American party systems. What were some of the issues of earlier American political parties. What role do 3rd parties play in the American Political system?

HS: 16, 22, 23

MS: 20



The Fifth Amendment: Due Process, Double Jeopardy, Self-Incrimination - The Constitution Center - 14:36

An explanation of the implications of the 5th amendment. How does it protect against self-incrimination and double jeopardy? Why did the framers find these protections important? How is due process defined? What is the purpose of the double jeopardy clause? What is the purpose of the protection of self-incrimination?

HS: 32, 33

MS: 27



The Fourteenth Amendment and equal protection - Khan Academy - 4:48

A reading of section one of the 14th amendment and its implications. How does the 14th amendment apply to states?

HS: 18, 19, 17, 15

MS: 26, 27



The Civil War Part 2: Crash Course US History #21 - 10:53

An overview of the political aspects of the civil war and its long term effects. How was the civil war one of the first modern war? Why was the Emancipation proclimation passed? How did industiralism impact the civil war?

HS: 17

MS: 25



The Reconstruction Amendments - Robert H. Smith - 4:52

An overview of the reconstruction amendments, their history, and their immediate and long term impact. Why were the 13, 14th, and 15th amendments passed? How do these amendments apply to the states?

HS: 15, 17, 18, 19, 20

MS: 25



Supreme Court Shenanigans! - CGP Grey - 12:01

Power of the Supreme Court and process of appointing Supreme Court Justices. How are Justices Appointed? What are their requirements? How is the process Leveraged for Political Gain? How does Congress, and the executive branch interact with each other?


Middle School: Lesson 16, 21, 22

High School: Lesson 15, 25, 23, 22, 21


The Most Deadly Job in America -- And What Happens Next - CGP Grey - 10:28

Presidential Succession. How/when were the rules of Presidential succession established. What are the powers of the President? How can Congress remove a President for office?


Middle School: Lesson 16

High School: Lesson 15, 22, 24


What is Federal Land? - CGP Grey - 8:54

Discussion of Federal power over land and dynamics between state and federal government. Who runs federal land? How is that land divided and run? How do states deal with this?


Middle School: Lesson 17

HIgh School: Lesson 24, 26