Series : 2019 European Election Series

Step 2: Getting Informed

Recognising and using critically different sources of information available during an election campaign.

Learning Activities

During this activity, participants will be asked to tell the different between opinion texts and factual texts, by having them analyse a selection of documents.

Objectives:

Acquire a methodology to tell opinion from fact.

Duration:

50 mins (or 2 hours if using variant)
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This activity aims to have the participants take on the role of a Sherlock Holmes of the internet. Firstly we ask them to do research to determine if a given piece of information is true or false. Then an educational video will explain how to use research methods online.

Objectives:

  • Be able to use a structured process to find sources and trace the origin of information found online
  • Understand what a 'filter bubble' is and how it restricts our access to information online

Duration:

2 hours (or 2 x 50 mins)
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During this activity, participants will analyse list / candidate manifestos for the European elections.

Objectives:

  • Be able to analyse and compare different election manifestos
  • Identify the different communications tools used to publicise the manifesto
  • Understand the idea of political marketing

Duration:

2 hours (2 x 50 mins)
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Over the course of this activity, participants will look at and analyse different political cartoons on European themes or directly relating to the European elections

Objectives:

Discover political cartoons as a way of expressing political opinion and analysing politics.

Duration:

50 mins
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Over the course of this activity, participants will study opinion polls about voting intentions, from before the Right and Center Primary in France in 2016. Analysing these polls will allow them to understand how polling works. Comparing the poll with the primary results will allow them to hypothesise as to why they polls were somewhat far from the reality, as well as to think about how accurate polling data is.

This activity will be updated once polling data is available for the European Elections May 2019.

Objectives:

  • Analyse an opinion poll, the method used and the data produced
  • Think about whether opinion polls are always trustworthy sources of information

Duration:

50 mins
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  • This activity is in three stages:
    • In the first session (1 hour) participants will create an opinion poll on a subject they care about
    • Between the two sessions participants will carry out the poll
    • In the second session (1 hour) participants will compile the data and analyse it

Objectives:

  • Try creating your own opinion poll and analyse the data from it
  • Think about the different limitations of polling and methodology

Duration:

2 x 50 mins
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During this activity, participants will create a newspaper dealing with the ongoing elections.

Note: Creating a newspaper requires a lot a time. If you decide to use this activity, we suggest that you spread the work out over a year.

Objectives:

Try out creating a newspaper as a tool to communicate information and opinion about the ongoing electoral campaign.

Duration:

3 hours + a lot of extra work between sessions
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