Bell Ringers

Bell Ringer: The Purpose and Format of the 2020 National Party Conventions

The Purpose of National Party Conventions

In response to the first night of the 2020 Democratic National Convention, Washington Post Columnists Karen Tumulty and Eugene Robinson discussed the purpose of national conventions and how the 2020 convention differs from past years.

Description

In response to the first night of the 2020 Democratic National Convention, Washington Post Columnists Karen Tumulty and Eugene Robinson discussed the purpose of national conventions and how the 2020 conventions differ from past years.

Bell Ringer Assignment

  • According to Ms. Tumulty, what are the two things that modern conventions are supposed to do?
  • What does Mr. Robinson mean when he says that conventions are showcases for the party and the ticket?
  • Based on their descriptions, how are the 2020 conventions different than previous years?

Additional Resources

Participants

    Vocabulary

    • Factions
    • National Party Convention
    • Nominee
    • Ticket
    • Virtual Convention

    Topics

    Campaigns & ElectionsPolitical Parties

    Grades

    Middle SchoolHigh SchoolUniversity