The double period lesson begins with students taking on the role of a particular character, and selecting a graph that shows data in such a way that would best represent the position of that character. The characters then get together to defend their positions, using the data to help them debate their counter-character.
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See the complete lesson here.
Our culminating task will allow students to consider a topic of interest to them, and design an unbiased survey to collect primary data. They will graph the results, then comment on why they chose the particular graph they did to display their data effectively, and will tell how the data could be used to influence and persuade, and by whom. (For those teaching in a more integrated manner, rather than on rotary, I would also have students submit a media represention -- such as a flipagram or a series of tellagamis -- recounting the process.)
Thanks, Lise Grimwood, Instructional Coach, Peel District School Board, for your co-planning and co-teaching support with this lesson and its follow up!