This final installment of infographics for 2014 is all about the Holidays. Check back at the beginning of January for the first installment for the new year.
To turn infographics into valuable teaching tools, Allison McCartney recommends:
1. Choose the right infographic
2. Create some context (or have them identify it, depending on the level)
3. Have students analyze the infographic (on their own or in small groups). Allison provides these guiding questions for analysis:
- What surprises you about the information you are seeing? Are there points in the graphic where there are sudden shifts in the information/data?
- What story can you pull from the information/data you are looking at?
- What is the role of the narrator, or the person making the graphic? What is their perspective and what are they trying to tell us?
4. Debrief (What conclusions can we draw? What makes this a reliable or unreliable resource? How does the organization affect our understanding [Reading standard 5!], etc.)
5. Evaluate (practice writing arguments based on the infographic or practice writing analysis through structured analysis paragraph writing).