Using Infographics to Synthesize & Communicate Research
1 Read the mentor text
I’ll use either “Lifetime Likelihood of Imprisonment” or “Is Justice Color Blind?” as they are simple infographics & can fit on a page that will be pasted into students’ Writer’s Notebooks.
Highlight areas on the infographic that resonate with you or that seem like they’re doing something interesting. Remember to annotate for two purposes: 1/your own understanding; 2/classroom discussion.
2 Notice what the author does
Direct student partner conversations.
Look back at highlights. What do you notice? What does that do for you as a reader? … So what?
3 Interact with and question the text
Facilitate and prod student thinking as they discuss with a partner or group.
Note: For infographics, students need to analyze words, images, colors, and relationships amongst them.
Form questions about what the author is doing rhetorically in the text. You may also want to consider questions of ethos, logos, and/or pathos.
4 Name the strategy the author is using
Facilitate whole class discussion.
What is that ‘thing’? How can we classify it?
5 Student research
Assist students in choosing topic & how to conduct research, if necessary.
Students research their own injustice areas of interest.
6 Infographic creation
You may need to direct students to a specific infographic creator, depending on students' familiarity with online creation tools and your timeline for this project.
Synthesize & communicate your research through an infographic.
7 Optional Extension
Create class bulletin board infographic: topics/areas of injustice that students want to change (express in charts/graphs), with pictures of students holding up specific issues they want to address interspersed with the charts/graphs.
Let's go public!
What issues of injustice will you address?