Lesson Plan

Presidential Debate Analysis

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The modern presidency is defined by the development of television—including the use of televised debates in the campaign. Using debates going back to the first one between John F. Kennedy and Richard Nixon, young scholars evaluate candidates' effectiveness of delivering their messages. A set of discussion questions helps them debrief their findings. 

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CCSS: Adaptable
Instructional Ideas
  • Assign class members debates from past presidential elections to analyze
  • Create discussion based on findings
Classroom Considerations
  • Pupils need the ability to watch the debates, either at home or school
  • Activity allows for both in-depth analysis and synthesis skills
  • Footage of historical debates is intriguing 
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