Teacher Summary

Below are brief summaries of the scenarios and strategies used in the Round 1 and Round 2 activities.

Round 1

Wolves 

The biggest local issue in the upcoming election is a plan to reintroduce wolves to the nearby national park to help control the deer population. 

Strategies used

  • Find the original 
  • Check other information
  • Verify the source

Weather 

Your friend sends you a news story saying that voting has been delayed until tomorrow because of bad weather. 

Strategies used

  • Turn to places you trust 
  • Find the original
  • Verify the source 

University 

The first election you’re eligible to vote in is coming up, but you’re away at university and you’re not sure where you can vote. 

Strategies used

  • Find the original
  • Verify the source 
  • Turn to places you trust

Prime Minister 

You see a social media post saying that although you have to be 18 to vote in federal elections in Canada, you can vote for the prime minister if you are 14 or older. 

Strategies used

  • Find the original 
  • Turn to places you trust
  • Turn to places you trust

Protest 

A week before an election, a photo on social media shows the leading candidate at a protest held by a group that encourages violence. 

Strategies used

  • Find the original
  • Check other information
  • Turn to places you trust

Round 2

Flag 

In 2016, the government of the United Kingdom held a referendum about whether the UK should leave the European Union. In 2018, this video of a man failing to burn an EU flag was a widely shared meme. 

Strategies used

  • Find the original 
  • Verify the source
  • Check other information

Bridge 

You see a tweet claiming that the Venezuelan government has blockaded a bridge that would have been used to ship food aid from Colombia. 

Strategies used

  • Find the original
  • Check other information
  • Read fact-checking articles

Delay 

You see a tweet that says voting hours will be extended in today’s election. 

Strategies used

  • Find the original 
  • Verify the source 
  • Turn to places you trust

Selfie 

You’re looking forward to sharing your first time voting with everyone in your social media network. Then you see a Reddit post saying it’s illegal to post a selfie of your ballot. 

Strategies used

  • Find the original 
  • Verify the source
  • Turn to places you trust 

Texting 

In the lead-up to the 2016 US presidential election, many tweets were shared saying that you can vote from home by text.

Strategies used

  • Find the original
  • Turn to places you trust
  • Read fact-checking articles