Headlines-Legends data stories provide students with a graph that ‘tells’ one or more possible stories. Students interpret the graph, and summarize a key finding or main idea by writing either a caption for the graph, or a headline.
Goal: Students step back from details and think about an overall important idea or inference that can be taken from the graph. What is the important take-home story, or what is a key feature of the graph in a real-world context?
Example: Tuva Data Story Coming to a Boiling Point
The graph shows the temperature at which water boiled at different altitudes above sea level.
Implementation ideas: Encourage students to develop headlines and legends that relate the graph to a real situation, phenomenon, or event. Ask students to reflect on whether or not the graph is the best way to communicate the story.
Ritchart, R.; Church, M.; Morrison, K., 2011. Making Thinking Visible: How to Promote Engagement, Understanding, and Independence for All Learners. San Francisco: Jossey-Bass.