POLITICAL PARTIES? WHY BOTHER? WHO CARES?
WHAT'S IT TO ME? DON'T I JUST TICK A BOX
AND HOPE FOR THE BEST?
A WebQuest for Stage 5 students
1. Your teacher will divide the class into five groups of students. Read through this entire WebQuest to find out what you have to do.
2. Your group must then meet to discuss who will complete which part of the research section of the task. Allocate one person to research each of the parties. You must research them all because you may find that you cannot obtain much information on one of the parties and so must use all the others. The groups are listed again at the bottom of this page and there is an internet link attached to each PARTY which takes you to its website.
3. Research your allocated party on the internet. Make sure that you find out what their main policies are because that is what you will be putting into the pamphlet. However, if you are going to write about these parties, you may need to know more about them such as contact details, where they are based, how big they are, are they growing, what can you say about them to interest people? This is called perspective. You need to understand the party not just find out information about it. You cannot advertise it effectively if you do not understand what it is about.
4. Prepare a draft layout of what you think should be included in your section of the pamphlet for your party. Remember you only have up to one third of an A4 sheet of paper if you are doing a minor party, and up to two thirds of an A4 sheet of paper if you are doing the major party.
5. When you have finished make sure that you help anyone else who has not completed their task. This is an important aspect of working together as a group and shows your teacher that you can do that well and effectively.
6. Come together to share your information. Check that everyone has found the information needed for each section. Work out which order you are going to include the minor parties in, in your pamphlet. Decide what method you are going to use to create the pamphlet. Have a look at this link which gives you some ideas. In reality, the textbox method, which is the second mentioned in this guide, is the most straightforward.
7. Prepare your part of the text in a one third or less space, depending on what you have drafted and have agreed upon in the group. It might be helpful to do a mock up or draft to show the other members of your group.
8. The person whose party is not going to be included in the pamphlet now works on developing the front and back pages of the pamphlet. See the above advice about preparing pamphlets linked here again.
9. When all the sections are completed, combine them into the one, two page pamphlet. Print off the pamphlet in draft form. Check it for content, sense, accuracy and inclusions. Correct if necessary.
10. Print off the final copy and submit it for marking.