Meet Common Core Standards with Infographics
The word cloud infographic above from Wordle, which organizes keywords from this post, shows the value of presenting information visually. Infographics are powerful and persuasive visual representations of information or data. Common Core State Standards require that students be able to find, understand, evaluate, and create visual depictions. Infographics are a great way to meet these visual literacy-focused Common Core Standards.
Common Core and Visual Literacy
Here are some Common Core Standards that relate directly to visual literacy:
- CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RH.9-10.7 Integrate quantitative or technical analysis (e.g., charts, research data) with qualitative analysis in print or digital text.
- CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RST.11-12.7 Integrate and evaluate multiple sources of information presented in diverse formats and media (e.g., quantitative data, video, multimedia) in order to address a question or solve a problem.
- CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RST.9-10.7 Translate quantitative or technical information expressed in words in a text into visual form (e.g., a table or chart) and translate information expressed visually or mathematically (e.g., in an equation) into words.
These standards seem complicated, but the concepts behind them are rooted in a long-established learning goal: visual literacy. Visual literacy includes the ability to find, understand, and evaluate information presented visually. A key challenge for educators is training students to think critically about visual representations. Enter infographics.
The benefits of infographics are twofold: they help students understand data and information, and they help students learn to think critically about visual representations.
A Common Core-aligned infographics lesson should cover three major steps:
- Finding reputable infographics on a subject of interest
- Analyzing infographics, paying attention to layout, content, and story
- Creating infographics to include in a report or oral presentation
Check out these helpful infographics resources:
- Finding: SIRS Issues Researcher’s new one-click infographics feature will help students find a variety of colorful and informative infographics.
- Analyzing: Our Common Core-aligned guide, Understanding Infographics, will help students analyze three major components of an infographic: layout, content, and story.
- Creating: Easel.ly, Piktochart, and Wordle are useful sites that will help students create their own infographics.
Infographics will engage students, help them meet Common Core Standards, and help them achieve visual literacy. Three birds, one stone. Done!
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