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Ms. Blackburn's Language Arts: Infographic Project

Due Dates

PIck topic by:

Read books by:

Do online research in class:

Reseach and notes completed by:

Work day to type in class:

Paper due:

Work day for infographic:

Infographic due:



LA 8.1.6d Summarize, analyze, and synthesize informational text using main idea and supporting details

LA 8.1.6e Apply knowledge of organizational patterns found in informational text (e.g., sequence, description, cause and effect, compare/contrast, fact/opinion, proposition/support)

LA 8.1.6f Analyze and evaluate information from text features (e.g., index, annotations, maps, charts, tables, graphs, headings, subheadings, lists)


LA 8.2.2a  Write in a variety of genres, considering purpose and audience

LA 8.2.2b Write considering typical characteristics of the selected genre (e.g., business letter, report, email, class notes, research paper, play, web page/blog)


LA 8.3.1b Demonstrate and adjust speaking techniques for a variety of purposes and situations

LA 8.3.1c Utilize available media to enhance communication

Multiple Literacies:

 LA 8.4.1.a Select and use multiple resources to answer questions and support conclusions using valid information (e.g., print, subscription databases, web resources)

LA 8.4.1.b Demonstrate ethical and legal use of information by citing sources using prescribed formats and tools (e.g., online citation assistance, publication guidelines)

LA 8.4.1c Practice safe and ethical behaviors when communicating and interacting with others (e.g., safe information to share online, appropriate language use, utilize appropriate sites and materials, respect diverse perspectives)

Websites for the Project

Assignment Directions

  1. Pick a topic
  2. Do reserach on your topic
  3. Write a short paper about your topic
  4. Create an infographic about your topic
  5. Present your information

Step One: Picking A Topic

You will be doing research and informing an audience about a topic from the following categories:

  • Inventions, world wonders, a building, a bridge, a eletronic device, a monument or attraction, a holdiay, a discovery

Any of these or more topics can be picked if you can identify the follwoing information:

  • Who created or discovered it
  • Where it is or originated from
  • When it was created
  • What is was created for
  • How it is used
  • Why is was created

Pick a topic that is narrow. Example: Pick the Washington Monument rather than Washington D.C.

Gifted/High Ability students will also need to build a replica, diorama, 3D model. These students may also propose a different type of project to the teacher if they are unable to create one of the three projects mentioned.

Step Two: Research

  1. Pick out 2-3 nonfiction books about your topic at the school or public library.
  2. Take notes about information and facts you will want to include in your paper and infographic. You must answer the questions found above in the Step One box.
  3. Find 1-2 online sources that are current and reliable (written in 2004 or later).
  4. Take notes about information and facts you will want to include in your paper and inforgraphic.
  5. Use or to make MLA citations for your Works Cited page.

Step Three: Short Paper

  1. Write a five paragraph expository essay about your topic.
  2. Your topic sentence should include your topic and a main idea. Your body paragraphs will include details that support your main idea.

    Ex:  The Brooklyn Bridge is an amazing structure with an interesting history.

    Paper expectations:

    2 pages typed, 12 size font, 1 inch margins on all sides, normal font, double spaced, page numbers on the top right corner with your last name

    Please include a double spaced header in the left upper corner with your name, the date, your class and block,


    Lydia Johnson

    June 3, 2014

    Langauge Arts Block 3/4

    Center and underline the title of your paper     Ex:  A Brief History of The Brooklyn Bridge

    The last page should be a Works Cited page in MLA format with the citations of your books and websites.


Step Four: Infographic

We will be using the free service on

This is a completely free service that creates amazing infographics. You will need an email address to sign up. Please discuss this with your parents and then sign up for an account. If you do not have an email address, let the teacher know.

We will explore, create, and print from school. These infographics will be displayed in the hallways of school. You will need to have a sketch and data ready before we begin creating on the computer.

Include the following on your infographic:

  • A white background - we cannot print full color backgrounds or we will run out of ink.
  • A tag that says "Created by: (Your First and Last Name)"  in small font towards the bottom.
  • A creative title
  • at least 4 charts, graphs, icons or pictures that represent real data you found in your research

You will be graded on your notes, rough draft (sketches), and conventions. Please consider color, layout/organization, creativity, and "white space" as you design your infographic. You will want great graphics with a small amount of text.

Step Five: Presentation

1. You will explore and respond to three different infographics.

  • You will evaluate the organization and layout
  • You will evaluate the ideas/content
  • You will evaluate for conventions
  • You will fill out a response sheet to give to the author of the poster

Your evaluation and critiques should be constructive and kind in nature to help the student improve their poster.

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