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Appendix B: Reading Graphics. The Skilled Reader (Updated Edition) by D. J. Henry PowerPoint Presentation by Gretchen Starks-Martin St. Cloud State University, MN. Basic Guidelines for Reading Graphics. Read the title or caption (usually at the top).

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appendix b reading graphics

Appendix B: Reading Graphics

The Skilled Reader

(Updated Edition)

by D. J. Henry

PowerPoint Presentation

by Gretchen Starks-Martin

St. Cloud State University, MN

© 2005 Pearson Education Inc., publishing as Longman Publishers

basic guidelines for reading graphics
Basic Guidelines for Reading Graphics
  • Read the title or caption (usually at the top).
  • Note the source (usually at the bottom).
  • Read any footnotes.
  • Read the labels of the columns and rows. (See the examples in Appendix B.)

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analyzing the graphic
Analyzing the Graphic
  • Analyze the graphic’s format.
  • Analyze the unit of measurement.
  • Analyze trends and patterns.

Note the examples in Appendix B.

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three basic types of graphics
Three Basic Types of Graphics
  • Tables
  • Graphs
  • Diagrams

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tables
Tables
  • A table is a systematic ordering of facts in rows and columns for easy reference.
  • Its purpose is to classify and compare the given facts.
  • Often the facts are given as numbers or statistics.

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graphs
Graphs
  • Graphs show the relationship between two or more sets of ideas.
  • Line graphs, bar graphs, and circle graphs (or pie charts) are the most common.

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diagrams
Diagrams
  • A diagram is a graphic that explains in detail the relationships between the parts of an idea to the whole idea.
  • Flow charts, pictograms, and drawings are examples.

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practice your skills by taking the review tests in appendix b
Practice your skills by taking the review tests in Appendix B.

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