Infographics are one of the most popular new text mediums for conveying complex information in a condensed and simplified way. Infographics require readers to not only use all their reading strategies for text, but also to apply their critical thinking to the meanings inferred through statistics, numbers, graphics, colours and space.
In the first unit plan your students will learn to deconstruct infographics to better understand the messages, to analyse them, and give justified opinions of their effectiveness on their intended audience. You will be able to use infographics in guided reading, writing, inquiry and as a valuable publishing strategy for almost any subject area.
Then when your students can read and analyse this new media you can start on the second unit plan where your students will learn to create infographics in PowerPoint.
Why use infographics with your students?
- Make connections more obvious.
- Tell a story.
- Explain something.
- Persuade your audience.
- Help students make sense of huge amount of information.
- Learn to infer layers of information.
- It is a popular media form used in business, news and marketing.
- Use it to develop critical thinking skills.
Make data more interesting to all learners.
- Develop a deeper understanding of complex relationships and ideas.
- Information is easily accessible to all readers.
Common Core emphasizes
“Integrate and evaluate content presented in diverse media and formats, including visually and quantitatively, as well as in words.”
This is deep thinking and synthesizing, and incredibly engaging to all students, especially your visual learners.
Check out some of the very cool infographics you can work with; of course there are many more than just these.
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