Getting Visual with MWD & P.O.V.
This activity is part of a nonfiction unit on military working dogs. We've read a variety of texts, including a board I created on Pinterest, an article from Readworks, and a wide variety of web sites (see the links below).
We have already worked with citing textual evidence, writing summaries, text structure, and, just prior to this activity, determining author's point of view and purpose.
Stubby the War Dog by Ann Bausum
Navy SEAL Dogs by Mike Ritland
Dogs of War by Sheila Keenan & Nathan Fox (a fictional graphic novel)
Introduce the class to infographics and discuss their features. Use examples from school textbooks and gather a variety of examples from online resources such as...
Vet them carefully, however! Not all of the infographics on these sites are kid friendly!
Have the kids search through the sites, display some on the smartboard, or print out copies (if they can be read in printed form or can fit on a standard sheet of paper).
I created an infographics board on Pinterest, so I will have my students check the examples I've pinned out as well.
3 Direct Instruction & Independent Practice
1. Explain to the class that they will be making their own infographic about author's purpose and point of view that includes graphics and, most importantly, textual evidence. They will share their finished product on Google Drive for all the class to see and assess.
2. Introduce the rubric that you have created on Rubistar. Another handy rubric tool is iRubric (http://www.rcampus.com/indexrubric.cfm).
3. Briefly review (as needed) author's purpose and p.o.v. and compare & contrast.
4. Have then partner up, choose which texts they will use, take notes, explore Piktochart (or, if you'd like, they may also try Infogram, another free resource at https://infogr.am/), sketch ideas, create their infographic, then publish it.
1. Find a partner.
2. Choose which texts from the unit you will use.
3. Reread, taking notes/completing a graphic organizer (find an example on Readworks); you must have textual evidence.
4. Explore Pinktochart or Infogram. Choose a template.
5. Sketch out your ideas on paper before starting your infographic. Make sure that everything you'd like to do can be done.
6. Create the infographic. Keep the rubric handy so it can help guide your work.
7. When finished, publich it to Google Drive.
Have the students explore each other's infographics and guide them as needed in evaluating each other's work. You wish to have each pair present their infographic to the class prior to the evaluation.
The infographics would aso look great published on your class or school website!
Present your infographic to thee class (if required) and use the rubric to evaluate your classmates' work.
Key Standards Supported
Reading Informational Text
Cite textual evidence to support analysis of what the text says explicitly as well as inferences drawn from the text.
Integrate information presented in different media or formats (e.g., visually, quantitatively) as well as in words to develop a coherent understanding of a topic or issue.
Compare and contrast one author’s presentation of events with that of another (e.g., a memoir written by and a biography on the same person).
Introduce a topic; organize ideas, concepts, and information, using strategies such as definition, classification, comparison/contrast, and cause/effect; include formatting (e.g., headings), graphics (e.g., charts, tables), and multimedia when useful to aiding comprehension.
Develop the topic with relevant facts, definitions, concrete details, quotations, or other information and examples.