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Jun 01, 2021 2021-06-01

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Graphs to Help Students Think About Growing Inequalities in America

To help students think critically about American society, The New York Times has compiled 28 graphs covering topics such as healthcare, education, and income. Among the graphs are examples that show how the coronavirus pandemic complicated the inequalities deeply entrenched in our society, as well as laid bare and widened these disparities. The Times has created a lesson plan to support teachers in guiding individual students or whole classes—as well as a glossary of terms (PDF)—as they explore the collection. Throughout the lesson, students practice analysis skills guided by these four questions: What do you notice? What do you wonder? What impact does this have on you and your community? What do you think is going on in this graph? Then they write a headline that captures the graph’s main idea. The lesson also gives students the opportunity to interact with the graphs—for example, by inputting their own school district. And they can read other students’ observations and add their own comments.

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