Grades 9-10 | Argumentative | Text-Dependent
You have read two articles and watched the ﬁrst presidential debate between John F. Kennedy and Richard M. Nixon:
The Kennedy-Nixon Debates
Rewinding the Kennedy-Nixon Debates
The Kennedy-Nixon Debate (video, 59 min.)
The articles discuss the common belief that Kennedy’s image, as projected during the ﬁrst debate, was more important to his winning the 1960 presidential election than the substance of his debate performance. Write an essay in which you integrate the information from these texts into a coherent understanding of whether image played a deciding role in determining the outcome of the election, noting any discrepancies among sources, and evaluate each author’s claims and the strength of the evidence each author provides to support the claims. Your essay should include your opinion as to which author presents the strongest argument on whether image played a deciding role in determining the outcome of the election. Be sure that your essay includes evidence from the texts that support your position.