Political Forum Viewing Guide

Is there a way to determine a winner of a political debate? Use a helpful rubric to evaluate the issues, specificity, evidence, reasoning, and delivery of candidates in a debate. After assessing each person's performance, high schoolers reflect on the debate with six additional short-answer questions.

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CCSS: Adaptable
Instructional Ideas

  • Assign a mock debate project in which groups of learners work together to simulate various campaigns (real or fictional), culminating in a final debate for the rest of the class to evaluate
  • Host a viewing party for a recently televised debate, or find clips from historical debates online for class members to assess
  • Prompt individuals to use one of their short answer responses as the basis for a larger argumentative essay
Classroom Considerations

  • Does not include a lesson plan, but would fit well in an existing unit about debate
  • Includes spaces for five candidates, which may be too many or too few depending on the debate
Pros

  • Applicable to any political campaign that involves a debate, whether it's a national or local election, or even a school election
Cons

  • Some questions aren't punctuated correctly
Common Core