Visual Information

How to read visual information, such as charts, graphs, and photos.

Why authors select particular visuals to convey certain types of information to their readers.

How to create visuals to help you remember information your have learned from your texts.

Purpose of Visual Aids?

Visual aids provide a quick, easily accessible format for information that shows how information is connected and/or the meaning.

Types of Visual Aids in Textbooks

Charts and tables

Diagrams

Illustrations

Graphs – bar graphs, line graphs, pictographs, and pie graphs

Photographs

Time Lines

Creating Visual Aids

Outlines

Mind Maps

Charts

Matrices

Free Form Drawings

Guide for Selecting a Visual Aid

Charts – compare data

Diagrams – represent places, things, processes

Photographs – show actual events

Outlines – show linear organization

Time Lines – represent chronology of events

What If I’m Not an Artist?

You don’t need to be an artist to make effective visuals.

Visuals only have to make sense to you.

Visuals should be labeled so that you remember key information.

Visual Information Vocabulary

Charts

Diagrams

Outlines

Bar Graphs

Pie Graphs

Photographs

Free-Form Drawings

Illustrations

Line Graphs

Tables

Time Lines

Mind Maps

Concept Maps

Pictographs