What's Going On in This Graph?

Hi Everyone,

The New York Times Learning Network is a free resource that educators can use to improve their students' reading and writing skills.  As I love resources that teach across subject areas, I was especially intrigued to see the Learning Network also offers a series of free graphs.  Similar to the popular What's Going On in This Picture?, What's Going On in This Graph? offers students the opportunity to build their graphic literacy skills.

How might using this resource look in our classrooms?  Start with posting a graph and lead off the discussion with two questions:

  • What do you notice?
  • What do you wonder?

After students have contributed their thoughts, move the conversation to the question of what's going on in the graph.  Students can see what other students have contributed to the discussion in the comments section of the Learning Network. 

How are you teaching graphical literacy in your language arts classes?


Thanks so much for your thoughts,

Steve Schmidt, Moderator

LINCS Reading and Writing Community