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Grades 9-10 | Argumentative | Text-Dependent

 

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You have read two articles and watched the first presidential debate between John F. Kennedy and Richard M. Nixon:


The Kennedy-Nixon Debates
http://www.history.com/topics/us-pre...-nixon-debates


Rewinding the Kennedy-Nixon Debates
http://www.slate.com/articles/news_a...n_debates.html


The Kennedy-Nixon Debate (video, 59 min.)
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gbrcRKqLSRw


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.

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