What is the best infographic that you have used before? How did it help? How was it a beautiful display of information? Why is it an effective medium? This infographic came from Neil Patel’s blog post, “Ten Infographics,” and we can post other great curations in the comment box below. Check out the other infographics on Neil Patel’s page, and we can discuss later his criteria for celebrating important qualities of infographics, especially the need to check data and cite sources.
Our Shakespeare Infographic Project: How Can We Appreciate and Analyze Shakespearean Sonnets. Phase One: Essential Questions and Infographic models. Essential Questions: What do you know about Shakespeare and what do you want to learn? These guiding questions will help us find common ground before we begin the actual work of this project. We’ll have students answer these questions quietly and on their own; then they will share with a neighbor and increase the groups until we have class consensus on a final list of what we know and what we want to learn about Shakespeare.
Then the class will view two infographic models. The first is what some believe is the most effective infographic of all time: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3T7jMcstxY0 . The second infographic meets seniors at an interesting intersection of midterm grades and just before vacation. So seniors can work hard to the finish line of this week, yet they can reflect on their time-management of the fall trimester so far and make adjustments if needed for their work ahead. https://www.entrepreneur.com/article/240262 . The class will produce an infographic that will explain the complexities of a Shakespearean sonnet and will include such topics of poetry devices, themes, Elizabethan culture, climate, and history as well as the legacy and modern iterations of Shakespearean sonnets today. For instance, have you ever heard this #hiphop version before? Short version: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_31_UDs7Iac Longer TED Talk: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DSbtkLA3GrY
When each group has a product, then we will establish a rubric together for an engagement grade, we will then have the class decide which infographic we will publish to our Shakespeare Twitter account: https://twitter.com/The_Wit_of_Will
We can also use this social media platform to connect with other experts and have them give us authentic feedback our group work. Perhaps more importantly, when we are working toward preparing for our trimester exam, which is Wednesday, November 14th, we can utilize these infographics for our review sheets. Hopefully, these infographics will be so good that others will benefit from our work. Will that be another authentic way to receive feedback on our work?
In the meantime, we will begin working in groups, and students will compose an essay together on Sonnet 18. That experience will help them become better designers of this infographic, and writing an essay together is a great way to leverage the group’s writing skills and knowledge of Shakespeare and poetic devices.