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2013 review and forecasts for 2014

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The year 2013 has just ended. Let's take a closer look at the highlights of this year and take a look at what will take place in 2014.

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Which event received the most media coverage in your part of the country in 2013?
In Quebec: “The Lac-Mégantic tragedy was the news of the year in Quebec according to the 2013 report drawn up by the company Influence Communication. "
Source: The Canadian Press
And in France?
And across the world? Still according to Influence Communication, it would be the political crisis in Syria: “The civil war in Syria, which has opposed Bashar Al-Assad's regime to the rebels since 2011, is becoming more and more deadly. There are, according to the UN, some 93,000 dead, mostly civilians. "
Source: Radio-Canada
The following activities will allow you to better understand the events that marked the year 2013 and to plan some great moments to come in 2014.


At the end of the activities, the student will be able to:
- Find the missing words in sentences concerning the highlights of the year 2013;
- Consult a report on the media in 2013 and answer questions concerning the media coverage of certain events or personalities;
- Place in a calendar some events that will mark 2014 and identify others that will take place during the year;
- Create a personal retrospective of his 2013 year.

Suggested Activities

ACTIVITY 1: The major issues that marked the news in 2013

First, have students search their memories and name events that have been in the news in recent months.
Then, as a whole class complete the following sentences:

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Download the interactive file in SMART Notebook (.notebook) format
Download the file in PDF format (.pdf)

At the end of the activity, everyone can be invited to write a short paragraph in which they summarize the topical event that most marked them during 2013.

ACTIVITY 2: Influence Communication 2013 report

Influence Communication offers media monitoring and analysis in Quebec, Canada and 160 countries around the world. Invite students to view their report State of the news - 2013 review.
Then ask them the following questions. They will have to find the answers inside the Influence Communication report. If you don't live in Quebec, try to find similar information for your country.
- In Quebec, which theme has just overtaken the economic news and now occupies the 5e position of the ranking of themes treated by the media?
- In the world, what is the third topic most covered by the media?
- In Quebec, which theme fell the most compared to 2012?
- Which event received the most media coverage in Quebec in 2013?
- The total number of articles published on the Lac-Mégantic tragedy could fill all the pages of an average-sized newspaper, each day, for how long?
- Which country has the greatest media interest for Quebec? In what position is France and with how much percentage?
- On average, how many swear words do the Quebec media broadcast per day?
- True or false? 78 % sports news allocated to the Montreal Canadiens hockey team?
- Who is the Quebec personality with the most Twitter followers?
- What is the most cited Canadian news abroad?
- In the culture category, which personality was most present in the media? And in the International category?
- Which event received the most media coverage in the world in 2013? Which event occupies the tenth position?
- What is the most publicized sporting event in the world in 2013?
- In the Natural disaster category, what do we find in the first position of the most publicized events in the world?
- In the world, who is the most publicized personality in 2013?
- Who is the most publicized (non-political) personality in the world in 2013?

Download the questionnaire in Word format (.doc)
Download the questionnaire in PDF format (.pdf)


ACTIVITY 3: Upcoming events in 2014

It is already possible to know when certain events will take place in 2014. Ask the students to find in which month the following events will take place:

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Download the interactive file in ActivInspire format (.flipchart)
Download the interactive file in SMART Notebook (.notebook) format
Download the file in PDF format (.pdf)

Finally, as a whole class find other events that will take place in 2014 and place them on the calendar. These could be events that will take place in your community.

For further

Offer your students to make their own retrospective of the year 2013. A bit like the retrospectives offered by Facebook, the students will have, on a timeline, to identify for each month of the year a significant moment that they have experienced. .
The main social networks and Web search engines have also proposed their 2013 charts. Find those of Facebook, Twitter, Google, etc.

More about the magazine

News Status: 2013 Review
Influence Communication Report
Paul Walker, the most popular search on Google France in 2013
Article in Figaro, December 17, 2013

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