## This weekly routine will help your students become critical thinkers, engage them in current or historical issues, increase their ability to read graphs, and allow you to insert more social justice into your curriculum all in one straightforward activity. Wow!

Visit Kelly Turner’s website, Graph of the Week, to access all her resources! There you will find …

graphs for every week

a prompt for students you could use or modify

a list of resources for where to find graphs

Turner uses the same prompt every week with her students:

The Student Writing Prompt:

Analyze the graph below and write a reflection on what you think the graph is communicating to you. To guide you with your response, start with some observations.

What is the topic of the graph?

What do the x-axis and y-axis represent?

What are some observations you can make based on the graph?

What do you foresee happening about 5 years from now?

Questions to ask yourself when reading graphs:

Is there an upward or downward trend?

Are there any sudden spikes in the graph?

What is being compared in the graph?

What prediction can I make for the future?

- What inferences can I make about the graph?