A Historical Figure by Numbers with Adobe Spark Post

Students create infographics to represent historical figures' facts and accomplishments
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A Historical Figure by Numbers
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About This Strategy

You will share what you have learned about a historical figure by creating an infographic! Infographics help visually represent data (numbers) that sometimes end up in a list on a biography page. Today you will bring this data to life!

Adobe Spark Post is a tool used to create graphics by combining images, colors, icons, and text. You will use this tool to make an infographic that shows off the important numbers connected to a historical figure.

Supporting Tools and Resources

  • Student Sample
  • Adobe Spark Post

  • Adobe Photoshop

  • Editable Resource Bundle

  • PDF Resource Bundle

Outline for Teachers

60 minutes

Read. 

Students read a passage about a historical figure. You might give them a collection of passages to choose from or encourage them to use an online encyclopedia or biography resource. Make sure students have a diverse list of people to choose from for this project. (10 minutes)

Research.

Students will list 5-10 pieces of data that are notable to their historical figure (such as age when they accomplished something, years holding an office, etc.). You might use a graphic organizer or checklist to support students as they conduct their research. (20 minutes)

Create.

Students create an infographic that shares at least five pieces of data related to their historical figure using these steps and this guidance.  Students can examine an example here. This infographic should include the person’s name, and icons that go along with each piece of data they share.  Students can also use Adobe Photoshop to create their infographics using this tutorial. (30 minutes)

If time permits, you may have a discussion with students on how to  choose a color scheme and fonts that connect to their historical figure.

Share.

Students share and publish their infographics.

Steps for Students

You will share what you have learned about a historical figure by creating an infographic! Infographics help visually represent data (numbers) that sometimes end up in a list on a biography page. Today you will bring this data to life!

Adobe Spark Post is a tool used to create graphics by combining images, colors, icons, and text. You will use this tool to make an infographic that shows off the important numbers connected to a historical figure.

Steps:

1. You are learning more about a historical person, and the events in their life. Your teacher will give you instructions on choosing the historical figure and the resources that you will examine to gather data. If given a choice, consider choosing a person that history has often overlooked, yet has had an impact on the way that you live your life today. (10 minutes)

As you read about that person, annotate or use sticky notes to mark the text.

Questions to consider:

  • What did this person accomplish?

  • What notable events has this person been a part of?

  • How has their work or life impacted the world?

  • What questions do you still have about this person?

2. After reading about your historical figure, start a list of information about that person that has a number. For example, you might list information like: (20 minutes)

  • They were XX old when they were elected to office.

  • They published XX books.

  • They lived in XX countries.

Continue researching about your historical figure to build a list of five to ten pieces of data you can include in your infographic. Use this guide to support you with your research.

3. Use Adobe Spark Post to create your infographic. It should include the name of your historical figure and your five to ten data points. Use + sign to add text and icons that connect to each data point. You can resize the graphic if you need more space and change the color palate as well. (30 minutes)

For inspiration, check out this example. For guidance on how to use Adobe Spark Post, check out these steps

You can also use Adobe Photoshop to create your infographic. For a tutorial on how to use Photoshop, click here.

Be sure to check out the rubric to understand the expectations prior to beginning.

4. Share your final infographic as a JPG file or as directed by your instructor.

Rubric for Successful Analysis

Consult the attached rubric in order to evaluate students' infographics.