Revamping the Writing Assessment: Essay to Infographic

Teacher:  Carrie Toth
School: Carlyle High School (IL)
Class:  Spanish 4

Spanish 4 Narcoviolencia final Projects: infographics! We have limited access to technology at my school so we often have to low tech our high tech projects. This was no exception.

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I wanted students to develop writing skills but also wanted to branch out from the traditional essay! The infographics had to contain 5 headings, 1 chart or graph, 1statistic, and 5 paragraphs of 6 sentences minimum. The paragraphs could be spread out on the infographics to describe the required 5+ pictures.

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These are some of the finished products. So much more fun to grade (and create) than essays! We presented them today art gallery style. It is a class favorite to present that way. Half of the students displayed their work and the other half were gallery patrons. I served a meat and cheese tray and sparkling grape juice as they toured the infographics.

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They received two speaking grades. One presentational and one interpersonal. Each patron had to visit three displays, the artist gave 5+ interesting facts about their research (presentational speaking grade) and the visitor had to ask two follow up questions of each artist (interpersonal grade for both the questions and answers). It seems hard to listen to everyone at once but it isn’t bad. My classes are both 20 so I was only listening to 10 pairs at a time. Since they had to visit 3 posters, I was able to listen to everyone as I served the snacks!

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One thought on “Revamping the Writing Assessment: Essay to Infographic

  1. this looks awesome! is there anyway you can post the timeline, task sheet and/or rubric to this assignment? i’m looking to incorporate an assignment just like this! thanks for sharing

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