Presidential Debate Analysis (current and historical)

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This lesson allows students to compare and contrast the current presidential debates with past presidential debates. Students will watch and evaluate Presidential debates from previous Election years and determine the candidates’ positions, message, and effectiveness of that message. Students will then evaluate the effect of the debate on the overall election and election result.

2016 (Clinton-Trump) 1st Debate:

2016 (Clinton-Trump) 2nd Debate:

2016 (Clinton-Trump) 3rd Debate:

Links for presidential and vice-presidential debates dating back to 1960, along with debate guide and discussion questions, are provided here:


Students will identify important issues from the Presidential Debates.
Students will evaluate the effectiveness of the speakers’ message
Students will evaluate the debate to determine its effect on the Presidential Election


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