Infographic Project Instructions
STEP 1: AMERICAN HISTORY TIMELINE (PARTNERS)
With a partner, open a google doc and title it: American History Timeline
Type in the following headings:
Step 2: Summarize 12 Events (individual)
- Make a copy of the American History Timeline google doc so that you and your partner each have your own.
- Using the highlighter tool in google docs, highlight all of the events according to the key below:
Highlight events in green that you know a little bit about.- You could probably write a paragraph or a page about this event.
Highlight events in blue that you know barely anything about.- You've either never heard of the event or people involved or you don't know much about it.
- Now, on your own, choose 1 blue event from each 25 year time period toresearch further. (You should be researching 12 events total)
- Under each of those 12 events, write a 6 sentence paragraph summarizing what you found out.
- Share your google doc with me when you are done. (Due Friday, 4/12/13)
1601-Sir Walter Raleigh is imprisoned in the Tower of London for a plot against King James I.
1602-Captain Bartholomew Gosnold is the first Englishman to land on the New England coast.
1607-Jamestown is founded under the patent of the London Company.
1607-Captain John Smith meets Pocahontas.
Captain John Smith wrote about meeting Pocahontas in one of the books that he wrote. He said that he was about to be killed by her tribe but she stopped them from killing him. Supposedly they fell in love. Historians don't believe this account, however, because John Smith wrote his story very differently in an earlier book. Also, the new book didn't come out until after Pocahontas died. John Smith was part of a group of colonists who sailed to America from England and set up a colony.
1608-Captain John Smith writes A True Relation of Such Occurrences and Accidents of Noate(sic) as Hath Hapned(sic) in Virginia Since the First Planting of That Collony(sic).
Step 3: Explore Infographics (individual)
- Watch David McCandless talk about Infographics
- Read through the tips on RandyKrums’s 10 Tips for Designing Infographics
- Search online for different infographics to study. You can even find infographics about infographics!
- Make a list for yourself of things you want to keep in mind as you create your group Infographic.
- Find 1 really great infographic and 1 horrible example to show in class.
- (Think about how you will show it...a printed copy, a link on your DP, images on a word doc or google docs?)
Step 4: Create Pinterest page for theme (group activity)
- All group members should go to the Pinterest web site and sign up for a free account
- After you have an account, one person should click on the "add +" button at the top right of the page.
- Choose "Create a Board."
- Name it "A Brief History of (add your theme)."
- Select the category of "education."
- Add the rest of your group to the "who can pin" box.
- All group members should add images, graphs, web sites, etc. about their theme.
- at least 20 "pins" related to the group's theme
- descriptions that tell details of the event/image
- web sites linked to images for more information about that event
Step 5: "Moments in Time" Summaries (individual)
- Choose two specific moments in time that contributed to your theme.
- Research those two moments by reading at least 5 sources.
- Hand-write a three page summary of each event (double spaced)
- Be written from your brain! Do not plagiarize, or copy, any wording from your sources.
- Include a bibliography at the end of the summary
- Explain the "who, what, when, where, why" of each event
- Explain the causes and effects of each event
- Explain any connections between your events and other group member's events
Step 6: Design an Infographic (group)
- Choose an existing infographic (or 2) to be your model and inspiration.
- Together with your group, design an infographic using tools that you choose. The infographic should include your group's 8 events and any other data or events that you feel is important to your theme.
- You may want to use creately.com to make the design process a LOT easier!
- "tell the story" of your theme
- show connections between events
- be visually appealing
- be easy to understand
Step 7: Personal Reflection (individual)
- In google docs, write a personal reflection explaining how the events in your theme have contributed to who you are and how you live your life today.
- Your reflection should be a half page typed in 12 pt. font, double spaced.
- Post your final reflection on your DP with the image of your infographic.