Instructional Video

On This Day: The Department of Housing and Urban Development is Created

Just what should the federal government do to help low-income citizens find safe and affordable housing? After viewing several video clips on the Department of Housing and Urban Development, including an interview with the current HUD secretary, a speech by Barack Obama, and an interview with a journalist, pupils weigh in on the question. Resource includes links to additional materials, such as the Department of Housing and Urban Development's web page.

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CCSS: Adaptable
Instructional Ideas
  • Offer videos to discuss the role of the federal government in providing housing
  • Evaluate the role of the federal government in solving social problems after viewing some of the videos
Classroom Considerations
  • Requires a free C-SPAN Classroom account, or teachers can use the following login credentials: Username: students, Password: C-SPANCLASSROOM
Pros
  • Profiles a government agency that is not often studied
  • Clips are carefully edited and easy to incorporate into instruction
Cons
  • Resource does not offer any background materials to assist in instruction