Election 2012: 12 Questions to Engage Students in the Debate
Posted by: Lucia Giacomantonio
The final presidential debate takes place on Monday and today we’ve got 12 sample questions you can ask your students before the debate! Choose one or more of the following questions and post them in your Edmodo group for students to respond to. If you have additional ideas to share, or you want to access more election resources, join the Election Insights Community.
Sample Discussion Questions
- What was your favorite moment in the presidential debate?
- Which candidate seemed the most prepared to answer questions?
- Do you think that two minutes is long enough to answer a debate question?
- Why would a candidate choose to present his opening statement first, if he won the coin toss?
- What would be the advantage in having the last word in a presidential debate?
- When one candidate is talking, what types of facial expressions and body language did each candidate use and why?
- Which candidate seemed to deliver his answers with more emotion?
- Did any candidate tell a story about a person impacted by a particular campaign issue? Was that story meaningful to you?
- Did the incumbent (candidate currently in office) seem more or less confident during the debate and why?
- Did anything said by either candidate change your mind on a particular issue?
- Do you think each candidate was respectful of his opponent, the moderator and the audience? Why or why not?
- What would be challenging about airing a presidential debate on live television?