Lesson Plan: Analyzing the 2020 Presidential Debates

Moderators for Presidential Debates

The co-chairs of the Commission on Presidential Debates (CPD) spoke about the process for selecting presidential debate moderators and the history behind that process and the Commission. They also talked about the role that moderators serve in these debates.


This lesson has students view and analyze clips from each of the 2020 presidential debates. Students will view video clips of specific questions discussed during the debate and evaluate the effectiveness of each candidate’s response. This lesson will be updated to include clips from each of the presidential and vice-presidential debates as they air on C-SPAN.


Additional Resources


  • Commission On Presidential Debates
  • Facilitate
  • Interview
  • Journalist
  • Moderator


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