Table of Contents

Structure and Significance

Analyzing the 2020 Presidential Debates

The 2020 Presidential Debates

Tuesday, September 29, 2020- First Presidential Debate

Wednesday, October 7, 2020- Vice Presidential Debate

Full Video: 2020 Vice Presidential Debate (1:30:06)

Video Clips from the Debate:

Thursday, October 23, 2020- Final Presidential Debate

Historical Debates

Students will watch and evaluate presidential debates from previous election years and determine the speakers' positions, message, and effectiveness of that message. Students will then evaluate the effect of the debate on the overall election and election result.

Past Debates

Culminating Questions:

      • How have political debates evolved in the last few decades?

      • How has the impact of technology (television/social media) influenced the debate process?

      • How are the Presidential debates set up and planned?

      • Who makes the decisions concerning the rules and style of the debates?

      • Does a candidate’s performance during a debate critically impact their standing in the election?

      • How do the questions that the debate moderators ask and the presentation of candidates on TV affect the candidate during the general election?