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100 days to go! Engaging General Election Sound Bite Bingo Resource

Tuesday, January 27, 2015

100 days to go before the 2015 General Election!  Can the Election really be reduced to a simple game of sound bites?  Here's a resource to engage your students in the run up by getting them to follow the news and find the sound bites printed on their own unique Sound Bite Bingo Card.

Of course, the Election shouldn't just be about rhetorical give-away comments made by politicians.  However, the more predictable they become in their phraseology the more inclined the public are to reduce their trust in politicians.  Without trust, apathy gets hold and democracy is reduced.  Surely they can say something more to inspire us?

This resource uses 40 phrases (e.g. 'English votes for English Laws', 'the Squeezed Middle') to create a random Bingo card of 9 phrases for each of your students.  Give them their card and ask them to follow the election events over the coming weeks and months.  Who will be the first student to hear or read all 9 of the phrases given to them (and reference their providence on their card)?  Who will be first to call 'House' before we even get to the 'Houses' of Parliament!

Click on this link to download the Sound Bite Bingo resource

Are you a secret Tory, Lib Dem, Lab, Kipper, Green or BNP voter?

Friday, January 23, 2015

The website Vote for Policies might help students and teachers in the run up to May's General Election. 

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Political Theorists and their books - an interactive resource

Wednesday, January 07, 2015

Attendees at many of our recent CPD events at Tutor2u may have seen our 'Tri-dominoes' resource used.  It's an interactive and engaging matching activity where students take 24 triangles (with key phrases written on the sides) and match them up to form a larger hexagonal shape.

The resource below is a pdf (non-editable) version of this activity using Political theorists and their books as the theme.  How quickly can your students match up the triangles?

Click on this link to download the Political Theorists and their books Tri-domino activity.

Note:  This file contains 2 versions of the same resource - a smaller set of triangles printed from a single A4 sheet and a version where the triangles are spread over 3 pages and are larger with larger font sizes.

PS.  Thanks to Jon Neil from RGS Newcastle for the content of this resource

Christmas Quiz on Political News Events of 2014

Tuesday, December 09, 2014

You may have seen the tutor2u Christmas quiz which we launched a few weeks ago.  This version has been written by Jon Neil of RGS Newcastle and has a set of 20 questions on political news events of 2014.

Students are invited to choose one of the gift boxes left outside of the tutor2u learning lab and are then asked a question.  Teachers can choose to award points or genuine treats on a correct answer.

The perfect and engaging way to finish your lesson at the end of another tough term!

Click here to download the Political Events Christmas Quiz 2014.

Red Herring Activity on Ideologies

Friday, December 05, 2014

Recent attendees of our Wow Politics events in London were shown a copy of our 'Red Herring' Powerpoint game.  One delegate, Jon Neil from RGS in Newcastle, created his own version on Ideologies and has allowed us to share this.

The activity takes a different twist on the classical multi-choice quiz format.  Four answers are shown on screen but there is no question attached.  Instead, students must work out which 3 out of the 4 answers are linked and which remaining answer is unconnected (the Red Herring).  Think of the 'picture round' in Have I Got News For You....

This version contains 5 questions and is non-editable.  The editable version of this resource is part of the resource pack given to Wow Politics delegates or is a purchasable resource as part of the Wow Politics 2 pack.

Click here to download the 'Idealogies' version of Red Herring.

Trick or Treat Politics Challenge

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

A seasonal quiz challenge for your Government & Politics students fresh out of the tutor2u Learning Lab.

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‘Wordsnake’ Activity on recent Party Conference Speeches

Wednesday, October 08, 2014

Here's a fun resource that's trickier then it sounds. 'Wordsnake' is a resource developed by our very own Graham Prior. At first glance it appears to be a wordsearch as you see a grid of what appears to be 100 random letters. However, the name of a key political figure 'snakes' around the grid rather than being up, down or diagonal as in a normal wordsearch.

Students are given a quote from a major UK political figure made at a 2014 Party Conference and their name is hidden in the grid. Just to be naughty, one of the quotes is not actually from a speech - it was a quote that was missing from a speech!

Who can be the first to spot the answer and call out its location?

If the answer is not obvious at first, the teacher can press the space bar and the letters reveal themselves one at a time. 

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‘Four Words’ - an interactive, lively test of some key phrases from the start of the AS Curriculum

Wednesday, October 01, 2014

We've got another fantastic interactive quiz format for you. This one will help test how much your students have taken in over these first few weeks of the AS course. This activity called 'Four Words' shows students the first four words of a definition of a key phrase. Students must decide if they think they know what the key phrase is (and earn maximum points) or wait to see the rest of the definition and earn lower points. Of course, if they get the answer wrong they get zero points! 15 key phrases are tested.

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Political Compass activity - test students knowledge of UK party position

Monday, September 29, 2014

Here's a challenging activity to test how much your students know about the political position of the main UK parties.  Inspired by the research and information available from The Political Compass website, it asks students to place the parties on a grid.  The horizontal axis is the usual economic left or right but the vertical axis is based upon the level of how authoritarian or libertarian the party's policies might be.

Having placed the parties on the grid (printed off from the Powerpoint resource), the teacher can then enter each team's response and give them a score out of 100 (the closer the student answers are to the positions stated by The Political Compass website, the higher their score).

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Introductory Government & Politics crossword quiz

Thursday, September 25, 2014

Here's a 10 minute crossword puzzle that you can set in class or as homework.  The puzzle lists 15 of the concepts and phrases introduced to Government & Politics students during the first few of weeks of study.  A copy of the answers is also supplied!

Click here to download the Crossword Activity - Introductory Government & Politics

Click here to download the Crossword Activity - Introductory Government & Politics answers

Lesson Activity - ‘Face It’ multiple choice quiz on topical politics news stories

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Continuing our theme of sharing engaging activities, here's a fun teaching resource that lasts between 15 and 20 minutes called 'Face It' - a resource that has been extremely popular when we've used it during our teacher CPD events. On the grounds that it may still be too early to test understanding of a particular topic, this version asks 10 questions about topical politicss news stories to see how closely your students have been following the news!

'Face It' is a multiple choice quiz with a typical tutor2u twist! Students are shown the questions at the start of the quiz (but not the possible answers) and asked to work out which questions they feel most confident in answering. Then the fun really starts!

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The Eliminator Quiz - Introduction to AS Politics

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

Here's an engaging 5 to 10 minute activity to try with your new AS Politics students.  The 'Eliminator' quiz does not cover any specific topic but acts as a way of finding out what your students may already know or to stimulate discussion.

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Politics Quiz 29th January 2013

Tuesday, January 29, 2013

Business Studies can have the Biz Quiz, so here comes the Politics Quiz, a weekly round up of news and interesting political stories in the form of 10 questions! Helping you to live the Subject!

Launch the Politics Quiz - 29th January 2013

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The political compass

Tuesday, October 26, 2010

I think I blogged on this previously, but here is a reminder of a neat little exercise for teachers and students. It doesn’t take long, and proved highly popular with my students last year.

Here is the link.

Lesson Activity - UK Politician Bingo

Thursday, September 09, 2010

Here is a starter activity that might help get your new Politics students (and the old, experienced, cynical ones too) working well together at the start of term.

This is a series of bingo cards, each of which features a 4x5 grid of well-known UK politicians.  I say well known - but will your students know them too?

The bingo game works so simply.  At the back of the file (linked below) are a couple of call cards.  You dont have to shout them out in the order provided, so long as you tick the names off as they are called.

Call out the politician’s name from the call card.  If the student (s) recognise him/her, they can tick it off their bingo card.

First student / team to get a column of four correct can win a prize or points.  Then the first to get a completed row of five correct.  Finally, more points or prizes available for the first to complete a whole card.  There are two bingo cards on each A4 page, and 40 pages in total - so plenty to use (and they are all different). Enjoy.

If you like this resource, come over to our Facebook page and let us know.  Perhaps suggest some other politicians you’d like us to include in the next version. Perhaps suggest another list we could could use for a new image-based bingo game (e.g. international politicians, world leaders, famous political buildings or events?).

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Huntington’s Clash of Civilisations - Quiz

Tuesday, February 09, 2010

Many thanks to Andy Lawrence for producing this revision quiz on Huntington’s Clash of Civilisations:
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Still more Obama - and ideas for a webquest

Tuesday, January 19, 2010

There’s a useful two page spread on Obama’s presidency one year on in today’s Independent—here is the link to the web version.

The BBC devotes a special section to the one year anniversary.

And see how you get on with the one year quiz!!!

I’m definitely going to use all the abundant material for students to do a webquest presentation on his first year.  A nice way to start Unit 4C having just completed the 3C exam.  Andy Lawrence has posted details of a similar exercise on Cameron the t2u Pol teachers forum.

Anarchism - Auction House Starter Activity

Wednesday, December 02, 2009

Many thanks to Andy Lawrence for putting together this Auction House starter activity / quiz on Anarchism…

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American starter: US quick quiz

Friday, June 12, 2009

A few quick questions to work on for students starting a US Politics course

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Independent resources

Tuesday, November 04, 2008

The Independent today contains a feast of politics for students and teachers.

First off is their Great American Quiz  The same links takes you to the answers.  Teachers should be able to plunder this for many end of terms to come!

Some entertaining presidential trivia here

Why The Economist came out for Obama

Away from the US elections, here’s a good feature for UK issues coverage on the allegedly increasingly fluid nature of social mobility in the UK in the Big Question

Politics Teacher Quiz - Win a Barack Obama Action Figure

Monday, November 03, 2008


What better than to have a genuine Barack Obama Action Man figure on your desk or to display in the staff room.  We’ve got one of the last Barack Obama action figures left in NYC as the prize for this quick Politics Teacher Quiz…

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US Presidential Election 2008 - Crossword

Sunday, October 19, 2008


Looking for a quick starter activity?  Try this crossword on the 2008 US Presidential Election.

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Question Time - 11 October 2008

Saturday, October 11, 2008


Many thanks to Andy Lawrence for the latest series of questions in our weekly politics quiz - Question Time

Access the interactive version

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Question Time Quiz on the Cabinet Reshuffle

Friday, October 03, 2008


Many thanks to Andy Lawrence for producing this quick quiz on today’s Cabinet reshuffle…

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Question Time - The Politics Quiz - 24 February 2008

Sunday, February 24, 2008

The latest edition of Question Time, our quiz for Politics teachers and students, is now available.

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A to Z of Famous UK Politicians

Thursday, February 14, 2008

Here is a challenge you could set for your students.  The task is to create an A to Z of famous UK politicians. To help define the rules:
(1) Each entrant must have been elected to Parliament within the last 25 years
(2) May be alive or dead
(3) Can represent any party
(4) A to Z letter represented by the surname
(5) Should be genuinely well-known or infamous - not some obscure MEP!

Can you help us complete an A to Z.  We’ll put some names in to start and then update the list with your suggestions via the comments box

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