Students explore the power of narrative, and techniques that can be used in modern media to manipulate the way people think and act. They are given tools to assess the validity and reliability of messages, especially online messages, and how to find and assess the authority of sources.


  • Students are able to explain some of the ways in which unconscious biases can be created or manipulated by others 
  • Students feel confident that they can recognise when others are trying to manipulate their views and actions  
  • Students can validate their own personal beliefs, thoughts and assumptions through independent investigation

Activity Details

Brain Priming

Students are shown some optical illusions and marketing techniques to help them recognise that we don’t always see what we think we see and that our brains can be tricked.


Through a simulation, students are exposed to two tools that can be used to misinform people through the use of emotive language and the expert fallacy.

The stimulus materials from the simulation are unpacked to equip students with skills they can use to validate the messages they are receiving

Expert Witness

Students consider what makes an expert, the benefits of listening to experts and when it may be necessary to dig deeper before following their advice. 

I Resolve To

Participants reflect on what they have learnt and by completing their own ‘I Resolve To…’ card make a commitment for future action.

Classroom Requirements

  • Venue: large open space with room for approx. 60 participants to move around and work in both small and large groups (ideally a gym, library, drama room etc.)
  • AV: data projector and large screen, microphone (cordless is ideal), speakers to play videos and music
  • Chair for each participant
  • Pen/pencil per participant
  • Minimum of two staff members for active observation
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