Policies, parties and personalities

The only resource for schools utilising current news to investigate and analyse democratic processes, election issues, candidates and media coverage in the lead-up to the election.

  • Follow politicians and parties on the campaign trail as your class receives daily copies of The West Australian for two weeks to actively engage students in current events and issues.
  • Guide students through the world of political jargon and campaign tactics to encourage students to interpret persuasive language to become informed and engaged citizens.
  • Examine and create various forms of news media coverage relating to the election, including print and television.
  • Explore how public opinion polls and social media influence the campaign, and see how these are reflected in the final election result.

Includes workbooks for each student in your class

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What's Included?


  • 35 student workbooks
  • Weekday deliveries of The West Australian for two weeks in the lead-up to the election, as well as the Saturday election day edition
  • Comprehensive teacher notes with explicit links to the WA Curriculum

Click here to see a sample of this program:

Delivery dates & ordering deadlines:

  • Delivery dates: March 2-15 (weekdays only), plus election day edition (Sat 13/3, delivered on Monday)
  • Orders by 5pm, Thursday February 25 to receive all deliveries.

Other information:

  • Special offer for WA schools only. Limited availability – only available to teachers who place an order, on a first come, first served basis.
  • Teachers who order will receive one class set of The West Australian (35 copies) on weekdays for the two weeks prior to the election, the Saturday election day edition, and the Monday edition following the election, as well as a class set of student workbooks and teacher notes (electronic).
  • No cancellations or amendments to orders allowed.
  • For urgent delivery requests (during the current school week), phone (08) 9482 3717 or email info@mediaeducation.com.au. Please note that a $10 surcharge will apply for each class set delivered.

Delivery conditions


In this program, the newspaper becomes a ‘living textbook’ for students who can investigate, highlight, cut and paste from the newspaper to complete the activities in their own workbook. Each double-page spread in the student workbooks relates to that day’s news. No photocopying is required!

Links to WA Curriculum

With integrated links to HASS, English and Media Arts, the WA votes: 2021 State election pack is a springboard for meaningful exploration of:

  • Current events
  • HASS
    • Civics and citizenship concepts such as decision making, government and society, democratic values and roles and responsibilities
  • English
    • Examining and interpreting texts in context, including point of view, subjective language and persuasive texts
  • Media Arts
    • Critical awareness of the role of the media within the election cycle; media forms, codes and conventions; and exploring different perspectives

Additional Resources

Here are some resources that will support student learning related to this program. Please note, you may be required to login in to access some resources.

Civics and Citizenship – in the news (Years 5-6)

Being a responsible citizen in today’s world


Every day stories of governments, politicians, law enforcers, law makers and law breakers appear in the news.

Help your students become informed and engaged citizens who understand the importance of Australia’s systems of law and government, how they operate and how they affect the lives of citizens.

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