A Year in Your Reading Life: An Infographic

As a final reflection for the school year, create an infographic that represents your life as a reader over the course of ninth grade.

STEP ONE

Create a list of all the books that you have read over the course of this year (both class novels and independent reading). Consult your Goodreads page and/or the Online Independent Reading Log to make sure you’ve accounted for all the books you’ve read since September (for example, here’s my Goodread’s page with my recently read books).

Make sure your books have the accurate “Date Read” recorded. A quick way to check is to click on your “My Books” link and check, as below:

Goodreads date read

HELPFUL HINT

When your Goodreads account is updated, you can not only keep better track of all your books, but Goodreads has a neat “stats” feature that will automatically tally your total number of pages read! Go to the “My Books” link in your Goodreads account and follow the screenshots below to see how many pages you’ve read.

Goodreads Stats


Clicking on “Stats” will take you a page that allows you to see bar graphs with how many books you’ve read, by year:

Goodreads Book Stats


If you click on Pages, Goodreads will automatically convert how many books you’ve read into total number of pages:

Goodreads Pages Stats

NOTE: Goodreads calculates by the regular calendar year, so you’ll have to add the number of pages from 2014 to 2015. Also, in order for this to work properly, each book you’ve read this year must have an accurate “Date Read” for each book – see above.


STEP TWO

Take a look at the books you’ve read.

Think numbers: how many books have you read? pages?

Think patternsWhat stands out to you? What similarities/differences do you notice? Think about how you can represent the books you’ve read visually through graphs or charts.


HELPFUL HINTS

  • Screen Shot 2015-06-07 at 2.44.02 PMUse an online program such as OnlineChartTools.com to create simple charts and graphs. If you use this site, be sure to register for a free account so that you can save your charts to edit and work on later.
  • Download images of book covers to add visual interest, and use eye-catching fonts and colors throughout to create a consistent design.
  • Browse the gallery of images, pictures, icons, and other graphics available on Canva.com (or whatever other program you may be using) to brainstorm ideas for how you can represent your data (for example, there are some great illustrations of trees… think of how each branch could represent a different genre of book).
  • Use a blank piece of paper to “draft” your infographic by hand before creating your final version.

REQUIREMENTS

Your infographic should include a clear title with your name and dateplus the following:

  1. Total number of books read this school year, displayed prominently
  2. Indication of type of books you’ve read (a breakdown by genre or other type)
  3. At least one book-related superlative (for example: favorite book, book that made me cry, biggest cliffhanger, happiest ending, etc.)
  4. At least one character-related superlative (for example: favorite character, character I loved to hate, character I’d want to be my best friend, etc.)
  5. At least one “notable quotable” from one of your favorite books
  6. A total number of 7 elements on your infographic (#1 to #5 listed above, plus two more of your choice).

DIGITAL VERSION

You may use any online program to create your infographic, especially if you have already used an infographic program for another class. However, whatever program you choose, you  must be able to send me a digital copy of the infographic.

For that reason, I strongly suggest using Canva.com (what we used for our Read-A-Thon posters), which allows users to download the digital files. Canva, however, does not allow you to create charts and graphs within the program, but you may use OnlineChartTool.com to create a chart of graph and then upload it to your Canva account (This is what I did to create my infographic, below). Updated: Another recommended online program is Piktochart.com. A few students recommended using this and it also looks great and user-friendly!

HANDCRAFTED VERSION

If you are artistic and would rather create your visual by hand, please do so! All the requirements listed above still apply.


TO TURN IN YOUR ASSIGNMENT

  1. Download the image file (jpg, png) or PDF of your infographic when you are finished.
  2. Upload the file to your school OneDrive account.
  3. Select the uploaded file. Click “Share” and search for “Ebarvia, Tricia.” Then hit “Share.” See screenshots below (click to enlarge):

Due Friday, 6/12, by the start of class.


EXAMPLE

And finally, here’s what I came up with. Notice that in addition to the title and name, there are ten distinct elements included on this infographic: # of books, favorite book, books by type (pie charts), book ratings (bar graph), 5-star book list, characters I loved, books that made me…, notable quotables, # books published this year, and what I’m currently reading.

Also, don’t forget to Google additional ideas for your infographic. While certain information is required, how you design your infographic is up to you—and the possibilities are endless!

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