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The "Perfect" Presidential Candidate and the 1960 Presidential Debate

The "Perfect" Presidential Candidate and the 1960 Presidential Debate
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This is a great activity for getting the students to think about what the makes a good presidential candidate. Is it experience? Is it looks? I have the students fill out the first page which asks them to brainstorm characteristics of the "perfect" presidential candidate. The students have to describe looks, education, background, experience, family and skills that make them the "perfect" candidate.

The second part of the activity has the students apply their understanding of what makes a "perfect" presidential candidate to the 1960 presidential debates between John F. Kennedy and Richard Nixon. After explaining the importance of television to these debates, have the students watch a couple sections of the debate. As they watch, they should write down their thoughts on who seems more presidential. After watching the videos, have a class discussion on who seemed more presidential.
Total Pages
2 pages
Answer Key
Teaching Duration
2 hours
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