Infographics of the Week for February 2-February 6th: All About Speaking & Listening & the Common Core

For next week’s infographics we have four all about those pesky speaking & listening skills.

Remember, that you can use these as:

  • teaching tools used in preparation of an oral presentation, Socratic Seminar, or class discussion.(SL standards!),
  • models for project assignments (or a genre in a multi-genre research paper),
  • visual-text analysis for:
    • Organization: How does the author order the information? Why? What are the connections made between sections? How do we know? (color, graphics, etc.) (RI.9-10.3)
    • Organization: How does the author sequence complex ideas or events?  How do ideas interact? How do we know? (RI.11-12.3)
    • Tone: How do the words, headings, colors, etc. set a tone?  What is it?  (RI.9-10.4) How do you know? (RI.9-10.1)
    • Structure: How individual sections develop the topic/contribute to the whole (RI.9-10.5)
    • Structure: What structure-choices did the author make? How effective is the structure for the purpose? (RI.11-12.5)
    • Author’s point of view or purpose (RI.9-10.6; RI.11-12.6)
    • Style & Content: How do they contribute to the text?  What is the effect of them on the text as a whole? (RI.11-12.6)
    • This could culminate in an analysis paragraph.  Here’s an Analysis Paragraph Rubric for that. 🙂

If you’re working on the research paper, infographics can also help you prepare students to evaluate and use their sources. With infographics, you can ask students to (individually or in small groups):

  • gather relevant information from the infographic (W.9-10.8; W.11-12.8)
  • assess the usefulness of the sources for a particular topic (W.9-10.8)
  • assess the strengths and limitations of the source based on task, purpose, and audience (W.11-12.8)
  • practice writing citations (W.9-10.8; W.11-12.8)
  • work backwards: what research question might this infographic be answering? (W.9-10.7; W.11-12.7)

Looking for previous weeks’ infographics? Click “Infographic of the Week” at the bottom of this post.

Without further ado:

10 Presentation Facts Fear-of-Public-Speaking-Infographic How-we-communicate Public Speaking


Infographics of the Week: January 26-30th: Brands and Logo Design

For these week’s IOWs, a series of sources that can be analyzed on their own or can lead to an analysis of a logo.

This can be:

1. Practice with visual-text analysis – the logo and/or the infographic (tie it to informational text and it’s good benchmark-practice and paired-text practice).

2. Preparation for multi-genre research paper (12th grade teachers) for a. thinking about color and design (check out the last one!) and b. analyzing sources

3. An entry into a discussion about how and why things evolve (11th grade teachers . . . language essay?)

4. An invitation to assess the reliability and credibility  of a source based on a. what’s cited (or not), b. time of publication, and/or c. hogwash or credible theory?

5. An evaluation of hidden messages or propaganda

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