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Analyzing charts, graphs and diagrams

Created by María Jesús Campos Fernández, teacher at a bilingual section in Alcorcon (Madrid, Spain)
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Analyzing charts, graphs and diagrams

  1. 1. ANALYZING CHARTS María Jesús Campos Fernández. learningfromgeography.wikispaces.com
  2. 2. What is a graph/chart?  Graphs use numbers and statistics to present information visually  The most common types of charts are:  Line graphs  Bar charts  Pie charts
  3. 3. Line graphs  To show the evolution of something over time
  4. 4. Bar charts  To compare different aspects.
  5. 5. Pie chart  To show how an issue is divided into different parts or sectors.
  6. 6. How to analyze a chart or diagram  Analysis and Description: 1. What kind of graph is it? (line graph, bar chart, pie chart…) 2. What do the title, key, axes, labels, sectors… tell you? 3. What similar things can you see? 4. What differences or changes can you see?  The chart shows that…  As we can see…  …incrased in…  ….remains constant  More/Less than half of ….  …reached a peak of…afterwards…
  7. 7.  Interpretation: 1. What reasons/causes explain the changes/differences you identified? 2. What are the main aspects you get from the chart?  If you compare the figures for…and…, you can see…  …shows a/an increrase/decrease/ steady growth/slight rise/decline…
  8. 8.  Conclusion and Personal View: 1. What do the results tell you about the topic? 2. Are there any missing information in the chart? 3. Conect the information you have obtained from the chart with the information you master about the topic and give your personal view of the topic.  The chart doesn’t say anything about…  Connected to…  The reasons that explain the data of the chart are…  It is an interesting/ useful/not interesting/not useful source of information because…
  9. 9. Developed by María Jesús Campos learningfromgeography.wikispaces.com Chusteacher Wikiteacher Sources: http://www2.klett.de/sixcms/media.php/229/DO0410

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