Integration of Knowledge and Ideas
Analyze Visual Representations
When you are presented with graphic material in a reading passage, pay particular attention to the title of the graph. Often, a statement is included that gives you the source of the information. Read that statement. The labels on a graph are vital to understanding the information, particularly the units that numbers are presented in.
Are the numbers in dollars, thousands of dollars, millions of dollars? Are you looking at percentages?
Very often, this information is in small print; do not overlook it. Finally, you must consider the relationship of the graph to the written material.
- What conclusion can you draw from the graph?
- What is the author’s purpose in using this graph?
- Is it relevant to the written text?