Graphs give students a great tool for visualizing criteria.
Earlier we explored how to analyzing characters using graphs on a coordinate plane. In this article, we’ll be building on graphs as a character analysis tool.
The line graph is perfect for showing a character’s change over time. Here’s Katniss’ confidence as it changed across The Hunger Games.
And here’s the ethics of Han Solo’s actions across Star Wars, ranked from selfishness to selflessness.
Imagine looking at historical figures across time or comparing multiple characters on the same graph.
The criteria could include:
In another article, we helped students form strong opinions of the “best” life cycle amongst frogs, butterflies, and mice.
A bar graph can help students visualize the categories they’re using to form an opinion. We used the following categories:
- Safety of young
- Competition for food with adults
- Parental involvement
In each category, students rank the life cycles on a scale of 1 – 4. Here are my results:
We could use the bar graph to form opinions in social studies, as well. If students are choosing Sparta or Athens as the best, they can compare strength, freedom, and government:
And bar graphs could also apply to characters’ traits, as seen here with three members of The Avengers:
Of course, if you change the criteria, the graph might change drastically, emphasizing how different criteria strongly affects the final decision:
Naturally, you’d expect an explanation along with these visual representations:
Sparta ranks the highest in strength because of their legendary army. Athens, although not as strong, is no slouch thanks to their powerful navy. Sparta and Athens both rank in the middle in terms of freedom. Athens held elections, but denied women and slaves rights. Spartan women had more rights, but did not hold elections. Finally, Athens’ democratic government beats Sparta’s kings.
Have more ideas for graphing beyond math? Let me know at firstname.lastname@example.org or on Twitter as @IanAByrd
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