Quarter One Government Project Many Americans have not made up their minds about whom to vote for and the upcoming presidential and vice presidential debates will help them decide. This activity is designed to help you focus on what the candidates say and then look at how the media covers the debate and the consequent effect on public opinion. Step One: Watch one of the debates listed below: There are three presidential debates and one vice presidential debate scheduled before the November election. 1. Wednesday October 3rd in Denver Colorado. This debate will focus on domestic policy 2. Thursday October 11th is the vice presidential debate in Kentucky focused on both domestic and foreign policy. 3. Tuesday October 16th is the next presidential debate in New York focused on foreign and domestic policy. 4. The last presidential debate is Monday October 22nd in Florida and will focus on foreign policy. Select at least one of the debates to watch. If you are unable to watch at the scheduled time you can go online the day after any of the debates and watch a recorded debate. If you do that make sure you watch the entire debate. Turn in work within one week of the debate you watched. Final deadline for last debate is October 29th. Step Two: Take Notes on the “Presidential Debate Worksheet” Try to be neutral while taking your notes. Do not let your personal feelings sway you. Step Three: Rate each candidate on the “Presidential Debate Evaluation Rubric 2012” Again try to be neutral while evaluating the candidates. Do not let your personal feelings sway you. While you might prefer one candidate over another, you can admit that the one you don’t prefer might have done better on the debate. Step Four: Write a 250-word essay explaining who “won” the debate and why. Essay should be typed, 12 point font, double-spaced, Times New Roman or Calbria. Include word count. Use complex vocabulary to explain why you think one candidate won. I.e., use of election or US domestic and foreign policy terminology. Step Five: Turn in your worksheet, evaluation, and essay within a week of the debate you watched. Once you turn it in, you have the option of watching a second debate and completing a BINGO Card for extra credit. BINGO Cards will be available from Ms Jevne, once you turn in the other work. Rubric Debate Worksheet Evaluation Essay Vocabulary usage/language Essay Requirements 4 3 Is filled out with Is filled out with specific details of vague details of debate (15 pts) debate (12 pts) 2 Is partially filled out with some specific details (10 pts) Completed Completed Partially Evaluation and Evaluation and completed gave specific gave vague evaluation with reasons for reasons for specific reasons. grades. (15 pts) grades. (12 pts) (10 pts) Essay shows Essay shows Essay shows evidence that you evidence that you evidence that you watch the debate watch the debate watch the debate and gave and gave a few and gave a vague numerous specific reasons reasons for why specific reasons for why you you believe one for why you believe one candidate “won”. believe one candidate “won”. (20 pts) candidate “won”. (30 pts) (40 pts) Complex Some complex Some simple sentence sentence government structure/ structure/ language used complex complex (10 pts) government government vocabulary used vocabulary used (20 pts) (15 pts) Essay is more Essay is 250 Essay is less than than 250 words words, does not 250 words and/or and meets all the meet one of the does not meet requirements requirements. two of the (typed, 12 point (8 pts) requirements. font, double (6 pts) spaced, Times New Roman or Calbria ) (10 pts) 1 Is partially filled out with vague details (8 pts) Evaluation is partially done with no reasons. (8 pts) Essay is general and does not show evidence of watching the debate. Talked more about why you like one candidate over another. (10 pts) General Language uses/Short Simple sentences with no government language (8 pts) Essay is less than 250 words and does not meets three of the requirements. (4 pts) Presidential Debate Worksheet Factor Debate Setting Look for examples of how colors, camera positions, view framing (e.g., close-ups, side views, other angles) favor or hurt the candidate. Techniques for Persuasion Do candidates use generalities instead of specifics, make emotional appeals, engage in name-calling, avoid answers? Favorite Phrases Did candidates repeat favorite phrases and were they effective? Rehearsed Responses Do the candidates seem to rely on rehearsed answers, or were they spontaneous? How effective were their answers? Self Presentation Did the candidate seem self confident or ill at ease? Did they have distracting or reassuring personal mannerisms? What Did the Commentators Say? Listen to some of the postdebate commentary. Did they declare a “winner”? Do you agree? Record two uses of statistics for each candidate (e.g., unemployment numbers, cost of a program, tax cut, or budget number) – Extra points if you fact check these numbers and print out the websites that you used to fact check. Barack Obama or Joe Biden Circle which candidate Mitt Romney or Paul Ryan Presidential Debate Evaluation Rubric Instruction: Rate each factor for the respective candidates on the following five-point scale: 1 = No Opinion 2 = Poor 3 = Average 4 = Very Good 5 = Excellent Factor Barack Obama or Joe Biden (circle) Mitt Romney or Paul Ryan Experience (governmental, political, public service) Intelligence (judgment, command of information, knowledge of facts Persuasive (uses logic, understandable, relates to audience) Temperament (response to critism) Effectiveness (communicates message, appropriate presentation of self Please give reasons (justifications) why you graded the candidate how you did. Use space below.