Infographics of the Week: Practicing Analysis of Visual Text and Providing Models for Performance Assessments

Inspired by this guy (who was inspired by Kelly Gallagher), I’ve decided to start “infographic(s) of the week.”  I will normally try to post them Thursday or Friday for the next week.  If you have ideas, suggestions, or wishes (themes, content, etc . . . ), feel free to email me.  I would love this to be a collaborative effort.

Using infographics in the classroom will help our students with analysis and the application of that skill to visual mediums.  It can also provide them with a model for creating infographics as a performance assessment product (see the inquiry plan and assessment on the English 1 blog for one idea).  Remember that piktochart is a free (there is a pay portion too) service that they can use, but students could also use Microsoft Publisher or Word (or even prezi for an interactive version) if they’re more comfortable designing them in those formats.

Here are the discussion points used by Brett Vogelsinger, a teacher in Doylestown, PA:

  • Which of these was the best infographic and why? (when looking at multiple)
  • How does the writer try to engage an audience, even an audience who may not initially care about the topic?
  • Is the text or the visual design most important in each of these? How does the use of color and white space affect your ability to focus on the main message of the infographic? How is font size used to emphasize certain facts?
  • Does the infographic make a claim or develop an argument? If so, how can you tell?

On to the infographic(s) of the week for September 22-26 (Banned Books Week):

Banned books 2 draft1Most Targeted Books

To make them bigger, just click on the infographic.

FYI: I will tag each “Infographic of the Week” post with the term, “infographic.”  That means if you click the word “infographic” in the tag cloud on the left side of the page, you’ll see everything I’ve posted about infographics.

If you want to know more about infographics in the classroom (as text and as projects), check out this great, short article: “Inventing Infographics: Visual Literacy Meets Written Content.”

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