This week will culminate in the creation of an infogram to create awareness about environmental issues surrounding the local community. It will be built on your learning from the previous weeks (Weeks 2, 4, and 6).
An infogram is a highly visual representation of information, data, or content that is intended to quickly communicate information to an audience. As a quick visual representation, Gillicano and colleagues (2014) suggest that an infogram is easily comprehended and read in less than a minute.
Effective infograms tell a story. Smaller than, but similar to, a poster, an infogram often communicates a central argument, topic, or thesis focusing on the overall patterns, themes, or salient points. There is an introduction, main argument, and conclusion (Canva, 2017). Each element (text, graphics, data representations, etc.) meaningfully contributes to communicating an accurate and concise presentation of information. Much like an essay, an infographic is often the end product of a research project or inquiry process.
Your infogram must include information from your previous weeks (Weeks 2, 4, and 6), effectively identifying the problem of environmental injustice, probing answers to research questions toward creating awareness on the issue on the topic under consideration, addressing measures to mitigate environmental injustice and recommendations that seek to establish environmental justice.
This week, you will submit an infographic on the topic of environmental injustice in your local community. The following evaluative components will be used to assess your infogram (Matrix & Hodson, 2014; Schrock, 2012; Texas Education Agency, 2015):
- Content: Accurate and detailed information is provided and supports the thesis, argument, and purpose.
- Focus: All content (visual and textual) concisely complements the purpose of the infographic.
- Visual Appeal: Fonts, colors, layouts, and visual elements meaningfully contribute to the infographic’s ability to convey the overall message.
- Argument: The infographic effectively informs and convinces the reader of its intended purpose.
- Organization: The information is systematically organized and supports the reader’s comprehension of the main message.
- Citation: Full bibliographic citations are included for all sources referenced.
- Mechanics: The infographic is free of spelling or grammatical errors.