Infographic

Description 

The Infographic Performance Task Guide structures a process by which students create and share an infographic that takes a strong position and communicates data effectively.

Humans are visual creatures. For centuries, we have used images to communicate ideas and information. As our world continues to be shaped by technology, graphic communication has become more ubiquitous than ever before. Infographics are used in almost all professions, including the medical field, business, legal services, educational tools and services, news, and politics. Within these fields, infographics are used in various ways, including sales presentations, advertising campaigns, political propaganda, visual arguments, website design, presentations, and information reporting. By positioning students as designers, they discover firsthand the extensive number of decisions involved in the use and presentation of data and graphics to support a position. As a result, students not only become creators who exercise agency in their learning, they become more critical consumers of media.

Opportunities for Student Choice 

Student choice can be encouraged in a number of ways. Students can choose the issue, and/or they can choose their position. They can also choose the resources they review, the data they will present, and/or the audience and places to post their infographic.

Authentic Task 

Infographics are used in almost all professions, including the medical field, business, legal services, educational tools and services, news, and politics. They are also used within these fields in various ways, including for sales presentations, advertising, political propaganda, visual arguments, website design, presentations, and information reporting.

Opportunities for Exhibition to an Audience 

Student choice can be encouraged in a number of ways. Students can choose the issue, and/or they can choose their position. They can also choose the resources they review, the data they will present, and/or the audience and places to post their infographic.

Grade Level Adaptations 

Elementary School:
  • Represent mathematical data in three sample charts, including a bar chart, a line chart, and a pie chart.
  • Develop a position on their topic based on the data available.
Middle School:
  • Choose from a wide range of visual representations of data.
  • Defend their visual choices based on the nature of the data and the main idea.
  • Create attractive representation of data.
 
High School:
  • Use larger data sets and multiple visuals.
  • Adjust the visual representation of their data and position to engage and attract different audiences.
  • Create memorable visual representations.
 
Note: While there are many examples of students using technology to create an infographic in all grade levels, schools that do not have access to or knowledge of the necessary technology may have students draw their infographic or use collage as a way to create their visual.
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Explore the Genre of Infographics_Info

What is an infographic?
Develop a clear enough understanding of the characteristics of this genre to be able to explain your understanding to others.

Time To Complete 

1 Day

Infographic Performance Task Rubric

What are the expectations for this performance task?  

Each performance task has a single-point rubric, which lays out the expectations for college-and career-ready performance. This type of rubric allows teachers to provide specific, focused feedback without limiting students’ creativity or putting a ceiling on their...

Choose a Topic_Info

What makes for a good infographic topic?
Identify an issue, or a topic within a larger issue, that you either feel strongly about or wonder about.

 

Common Core Standards 

  • CCRA.R.7

Time To Complete 

1-2 Days

Determine Your Audience_Info

Who am I speaking to and trying to influence with my presentation?
Determine who your infographic’s audience is.
 

Common Core Standards 

  • CCRA.L.3
  • CCRA.SL.4
  • CCRA.W.4

Time To Complete 

1 Day

Determine Your Purpose_Info

What do I want my presentation to accomplish?
Determine what you want to get your audience to know or do based on viewing your infographic. 

Common Core Standards 

  • CCRA.L.3
  • CCRA.SL.4
  • CCRA.W.4

Time To Complete 

1 Day

Research the Issue_Info

What do people know, say, and believe about this issue?
Find and analyze resources that will help you grasp the topic’s key concepts, in addition to deepening your understanding of the range of perspectives about the issue with a focus on locating both numerical and qualitative data.

Common Core Standards 

  • CCRA.R.2
  • CCRA.W.1

Time To Complete 

1-2 Days

Choose a Position_Info

What is your position on this issue?
Consider the research you have undertaken and the numerical data available, and use it to inform the crafting of an evidence-based position on the issue.

Common Core Standards 

  • CCRA.R.1
  • CCRA.W.1

Time To Complete 

1 Day

Work with Numerical Data in Excel_Info

What numerical questions can spreadsheets answer for us easily?
Develop a clear enough understanding of a spreadsheet program to enter data, perform basic calculations using functions, sort data and create pictorial representations to export into an infographic.

Common Core Standards 

  • CCRA.L.6
  • CCRA.R.1
  • CCRA.R.2

Time To Complete 

1-2 Days

Present Numerical Data_Info

What are various visual representations of numerical data?
Develop a clear enough understanding of numerical data and how it is presented to be able to identify and explain various ways sets of numbers are presented visually and how visual representations are used to tell a story about the numbers.

Common Core Standards 

  • CCRA.R.7
  • CCRA.R.8

Time To Complete 

1-2 Days

Create the Infographic_Info

How can you figure out what you want to present, and present it in the most compelling, comprehensive, and memorable way possible?
Have the students find a way to organize their thoughts about the issue, and the supporting evidence they have collected. Use the resources available (websites) or other creative...

Common Core Standards 

  • CCRA.W.1
  • CCRA.W.2
  • CCRA.W.6
  • CCRA.W.8

Time To Complete 

2+Days

Give and Receive Feedback_Info

How can the draft be improved?
Using feedback from a peer and/or teacher, have students strengthen their drafts by improving their presentation of evidence with a focus on being clear, catchy, and comprehensive.

Common Core Standards 

  • CCRA.SL.1
  • CCRA.SL.3
  • CCRA.W.5

Time To Complete 

1-2 Days

Revise_Info

How can you improve your infographic?
Using feedback from a peer and/or teacher, strengthen your infographic.

Common Core Standards 

  • CCRA.W.5

Time To Complete 

1 Day

Edit_Info

How can you improve your draft?
Using feedback from a peer and/or teacher, strengthen your infographic with a focus on grammar and professional language.

Common Core Standards 

  • CCRA.W.4
  • CCRA.W.5

Time To Complete 

1 Day

Locate an Audience_Info

How can you reach your targeted audience so your infographic informs people about your issue?
Find several places to post your infographic to ensure it reaches and influences the knowledge of others.

Common Core Standards 

  • CCRA.SL.5

Time To Complete 

1-2 Days