Debate Watching 101
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The debate watching resources from the League of Women Voters are designed to help viewers understand the elements and nuances of debates, in addition to learning how to watch them with a scrutinizing eye.
Your students don’t have to be voters to get something out of these engaging materials. No matter, they will learn about candidates and issues that affect their future.
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Debate Watching 101
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Debate Watching 101 lays out the fundamentals for preparing, analyzing, and discussing debates. “Before, during, and after” tips are given in an easy-to-follow format. Does the candidate answer questions directly or do they evade them? What are your impressions of the candidate’s delivery? Was the moderator fair? Walking through these guidelines with your students will be valuable before watching or conducting a debate.
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Debate Discussion Guide
The Debate Discussion Guide and Debate Notebook are intended to assist you in making the most of your debate watching experience. Use these materials as guides, but be open to adapting them to your group’s dynamics and interests. The discussion guide offers questions for subsequent debates, so your students can compare and contrast candidate responses and performances.
When words come from the heart, they break through barriers and elicit compassion, says Marshall B. Rosenberg.
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Friday, September 26: Presidential debate on foreign policy and national security, University of Mississippi
Thursday, October 2: Vice presidential debate on domestic policy and foreign policy, Washington University, St. Louis
Tuesday, October 7: Presidential debate in a town hall format, Belmont University, Nashville
Wednesday, October 15: Presidential debate on domestic policy, Hofstra University, Hempstead, NY
All four debates will begin at 9pm ET, and last for 90 minutes. They will be broadcast on the major broadcast networks, including CBS, NBC, ABC, and FOX. They will also be aired on cable news channels such as CNN, MSNBC, Fox News, and C-SPAN.
Electing the President
A guide to the Election process from the League of Women Voters.
Commission on Presidential Debates (CPD)
The Commission’s primary purpose is to sponsor and produce debates for the U.S. presidential and vice presidential candidates and to undertake research and educational activities related to debates.
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