Series : 2019 European Election Series
Step 3: My Opinion
Forming an opinion and knowing how to listen to others; forming your own point of view whilst analysing issues and arguments.
Over this activity, participants will exchange points of view on an issue (linked to Europe) in small groups, each group using a different method to share out the speaking time. Secretaries will move between groups, learning of the different methods and observe how they are working and any difficulties encountered.
- Try expressing our opinion in a group and learning to listen to others' points of view
- Thinking about the importance, the organisation and the limits of group discussions
In this activity, participants will work in groups and will react to different statements about influencing votes, using a selection of texts (from articles and books).
Learn that our opinions and our voting choices can be influenced by many outside factors.
During this activity, participants will discover key principles of arguing and persuading, through role play, and they will be asked to analyse a political discussion.
- Be able to analyse a persuasive text and understand the mechanisms of persuasion used.
- Learn to express our own opinion clearly and respectfully
- Know how to recognise a weak argument
Duration:50 mins or 2 x 50 mins
Over the course of this activity, participants will learn about the issue of spoiled ballots or 'blank' ballots, by studying different scenarios for counting them. After this case study, participants will be asked to give their personal opinion on spoiling ballots, both by grouping themselves together in areas of the room, and by explaining aloud.
- Understand what a blank or spoiled ballot is
- Understand the impact that blank or spoiled ballots can have depending on the electoral system
- Think about our own opinions on the issue of spoiling our ballot