This month's Teaching Tip comes from Strategies That Work! Reading Essentials, Grades 6 & Up.
Writers often use graphs and tables to present large amounts of information within a small space. While graphs and tables can be helpful, they can be difficult to follow.
Most graphs are organized on a horizontal and a vertical axis. Some graphs are organized differently (e g , pie graphs), but these are usually easier to read.
Tables are also organized on a horizontal and a vertical axis; in general, you will use the same skills and strategies to read them.
To understand most graphs and tables, it is a good idea to do the following:
If there is a graph or table in a text, you will generally need to pay some attention to it. Of course, you may not need to understand every detail. But, if you don’t understand its overall structure and layout, you won’t understand anything.
Graphs and tables are very commonly used in information texts on all kinds of subjects, so it is important that you try to understand them. They give you important details about the main ideas in the texts and help you to see the similarities and differences between different items and groups.
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