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Figures and Charts

Sometimes words aren't the best way to get information across to the reader. The eighth handout in the 24-part Writing the Paper series describes different type of figures and charts to display complex information in a paper. Additionally, writers find details on how to refer to graphic elements and tips for creating more effective visuals.

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CCSS: Adaptable
Instructional Ideas
  • Find two texts on a similar topic, one that contains a lot of graphics (tables, charts, etc.) and one that does not, and then compare the information presented
  • Read an article without images as a text and challenge learners to create a chart, table, or other graphic to enhance the content
Classroom Considerations
  • Many images use color, but it is okay to print in black and white or grayscale
Pros
  • Includes some visual examples to help illustrate each type of figure and chart described
  • Provides a quick reference guide for writers to refer to without reading all of the text
Cons
  • For a piece about figures and charts, the handout actually features more text heavy paragraphs than figures and charts