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Adding visual elements to your senior graduation project

  1. 1. Adding Visual Elements to Your Senior Graduation Project English 11 K. Shimabukuro
  2. 2. Senior Graduation Project <ul><li>What is a visual? </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Graphs </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Charts </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Political cartoons </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Ads </li></ul></ul><ul><li>How to use them in your SGP </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Explain what argument the visual is making, what facts are presented, what the chart/graph shows </li></ul></ul><ul><li>You need to have at least one visual in your paper, preferably two (one chart/graph/ad and one political cartoon) </li></ul><ul><li>Visuals can strengthen your argument and/or help you clarify what you’re going to say, as they are usually easy to understand and make a clear point </li></ul>
  3. 3. Topic: Lowering the drinking age <ul><li>What side of the argument does this graph support? </li></ul><ul><li>How accurate do you think the chart is? </li></ul><ul><ul><li>It is four and a half years old </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>It is from a non profit institution </li></ul></ul>
  4. 4. Same Topic <ul><li>This graph is from the same website </li></ul><ul><ul><li>This shows the percentages of 83 countries with minimum drinking age laws </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Reliable source </li></ul><ul><li>However, these visuals aren’t labeled, so you’d have to add a caption </li></ul>
  5. 5. Topic: Texting while driving <ul><li>This is a really good choice of visual </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Has a label </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Sponsored by a reputable source </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Clear to read </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Excellent information </li></ul></ul>
  6. 6. Political Cartoons <ul><li>Political cartoons are also a great visual to use in your paper </li></ul><ul><li>You have to ask similar questions: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>What’s the topic? </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>What is the cartoon arguing/saying? </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>What are the elements of the cartoon </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Dialogue </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Exaggeration </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Satire </li></ul></ul></ul>
  7. 7. Topic: Deforestation <ul><li>Reliable source: Brazilian Environmental News website </li></ul><ul><li>However, the presentation of the information is a little unclear (chart not labeled, what it does display is a little confusing) </li></ul>
  8. 8. Topic: Deforestation <ul><li>This is a better choice of visual </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Clearly labeled </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Easy to read </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Information is clear </li></ul></ul><ul><li>From same Environmental news source as the previous visual </li></ul>
  9. 9. Topic: NBA Lockout (how to analyze) <ul><li>This cartoon paints the players as the bad guys and the owners as the ones who care about the fans. </li></ul><ul><li>The players are shown as greedy, and this is emphasized by the crown, the pile of money he’s sitting on and the golden basketball scepter. </li></ul><ul><li>The cartoonist is obviously biased against the players, and believes that they are to blame for the lock out. </li></ul>
  10. 10. Topic: Skateboarding <ul><li>The “Skateboarding is not a crime” series of ads is probably one of the most famous </li></ul><ul><li>It plays on the irony that in a lot of places, skateboarding IS a crime, but supporters believe it shouldn’t be </li></ul><ul><li>This ad is clearly against having skateboarding be a crime </li></ul>
  11. 11. Your Assignment <ul><li>Find a chart/graph/advertisement that argues something about your topic </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Copy and paste it into a Notes/Source document </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Fill out the citation information at the topic </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Take notes on what the visual says (as we’ve discussed) </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Find a political cartoon on your topic </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Complete the same steps </li></ul></ul>