Trying to teach students how to understand all of the different types of infographics can be a daunting task, but it doesn’t have to be.
One way I have taught students to be able to understand different graphics is to have them create their own using free resources like piktochart.com. There would be an introduction to graphs and interpreting them, what types of graphs are used to display certain types of data, etc. Then, you could have them research a topic, find good information, create the infographic, and then site their sources.
In order to be able to create your own infographic, you have to be able to analyze the material that you’re putting into the presentation and write appropriate captions and short paragraphs that summarize the data. I like how several subjects are integrated into creating infographics like the ones on piktochart.com; it shows that writing truly IS cross-curricular. I have found this to be a good differentiated project to wrap up a unit on interpreting graphs.