How many firearms are sold in the U.S.? Which regions sell the most and which sell the least? These are the types of questions students want to look into for their research papers, but incorporating statistics into research is often overlooked. Each topic yields its own possibilities!
So, how can we get students into the habit of considering the addition of statistical information? How can we help them find the statistics and determine what makes one statistic more impressive than another?
The Statistics Rubric is designed for a teacher to use as a requirement during a research project. I like the rubric because students can refer to the guidelines within as they complete the task and do not have to revisit their memory or the slideshow that I make available to them. I would (ideally) suggest using the statistics rubric during 8th and 9th (and possibly 10th) grades in order to have the become proficient at the skill and then move them into the Infographic Rubric during 10th/11th/12th.
Other Rubrics in Skill-specific Research Rubrics Series:
#1 Thesis Statement Rubric
#2 Outline Rubric
#3 Infographic Rubric
photo courtesy of:
Cunningham, Simon. “Statistics.” Flickr. Yahoo, 18 Dec. 2013. Web. 25 Apr. 2016.
Most of us prefer to take information in visually.
We also prefer to take in information in tiny bits.
So, we teach students to convey information mainly through written papers and presentation programs, such as Google Slides or PowerPoint. While I absolutely advocate mastering both of those skills, I argue that we must also teach students how to master visual communication skills.
I have posted Allison Burley’s infographic lesson on my blog before. However, at our high school, we have seniors create them for senior research and our freshmen now have an expectation to create an infographic during their career research.
We have created skill-specific research rubrics for students to pinpoint important elements of an infographic (both of which are linked below):
Link here for our infographic rubric
We also have a modified rubric that we use with students who struggle with learning.
Link here for our modified infographic rubric
Feel free to use either one with your students.
Other rubrics in this series:
Thesis Statement Rubric
image courtesy of:
I Bike Fresno. “2011 Million Mile Challenge Infographic.” Flickr. Yahoo, 2 July
2011. Web. 19 Apr. 2016.
Our 8th grade students are conducting a research paper and are being asked to add statistics to their written paper. I am supporting their project, but it is difficult to visit a different building within the district. In order to instruct on this concept, I created a screencast. It is always nice to do a screencast because you can embed the lesson on the webpage that houses the resources that students need to access to complete their project.
Here is the screencast: