Lesson Plan

Using Infographics to Synthesize & Communicate Research

Students will analyze infographics as model texts &, as one step in a research project about injustice, will use an infographic to synthesize and communicate their research findings.
Jackie S.
Classroom teacher
University High School
Fresno, United States
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My Subjects English Language Arts

Students will be able to analyze how words & images work together in model text infographics, and create their own infographics. 

This is one assignment amongst many for an Injustice project, in which students research a current example of injustice (of their choice), and ultimately raise awareness or propose a solution to the injustice.

Essential question: What are the factors that create an imbalance of power within a culture?

Model infographics:

“Is Justice Color Blind?” https://today.duke.edu/showcase/mmedia/hires/jurystudy.jpg

“Is This Justice?” http://www.usprisonculture.com/blog/wp-content/uploads/2013/02/isthisjustice-e1359834501689.png

“School to Prison Pipeline” http://b.3cdn.net/advancement/a6feca50e851bccdd3_eam6y96th.pdf

“Education vs Incarceration” http://visual.ly/education-vs-incarceration


English Language Arts
Social Studies
Grades 7 – 12
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Teacher Notes
Student Notes

1 Read the mentor text

Activity: Reading

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.



Student Instructions

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

Activity: Reading

Direct student partner conversations.

Student Instructions

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

Activity: Conversing

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.

Student Instructions

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

Activity: Conversing

Facilitate whole class discussion.

Student Instructions

What is that ‘thing’? How can we classify it?

5 Student research

Activity: Investigating

Assist students in choosing topic & how to conduct research, if necessary.

Student Instructions

Students research their own injustice areas of interest.

6 Infographic creation

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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.

Student Instructions

Synthesize & communicate your research through an infographic.

7 Optional Extension

Activity: Other — bulletin board (online or in person)

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.

Student Instructions

Let's go public! 

What issues of injustice will you address?