About This Chapter
Standard: Integrate quantitative or technical analysis (e.g., charts, research data) with qualitative analysis in print or digital text. (CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RH.9-10.7)
About This Chapter
As you work through these lessons with your students they will develop a firmer understanding of the differences between qualitative and quantitative reasoning. They will also get a good grasp on interpreting illustrations of quantitative data within sources. Students should be able to develop an objective concept of what the data say regardless of how they are presented and incorporate such data in their own writing. In accomplishing these goals this chapter focuses on:
- Comparing/contrasting quantitative and qualitative data collection and presentation
- Describing how to read and understand depictions of data in charts, graphs, and other visuals
- Using various data types in writing to support central arguments
Mastery of these skills will be demonstrated as your students successfully decode and analyze various data sources. They will be able to identify how the data were manipulated to tell a certain story and incorporate these analyses and understandings into original copy.
How to Use These Lessons in Your Classroom
Here are some examples of how you might insert these videos into your lesson plan.
Measurements in the news
After watching all of the videos in class or as homework, assign a homework project using the news as a source of data. Students should find one story which presents quantitative data in support of its claims and another which uses qualitative data. They will briefly summarize the data presented (both contents and form), their relation to the author's argument, and whether it was an effective means of presentation.
What's for lunch?
Watch the videos on quantitative/qualitative research and measurement and the video on using visuals in support of data in class. Divide the class into small groups and have each group develop a research project which addresses some aspect of the eating habits of their fellow students at lunch. Maybe they want to determine how many people are eating what or the health qualities of their peers' diets. The research should be either qualitative or quantitative, but not both, and it should describe the means for collecting and representing data. The data may be collected in one lunch period or over several days depending on the purpose of their research. Have the students conduct their research and present the results in class.
Using technology to present data
After watching the videos on visuals and multimodal writing, give your students a set of data gleaned from any source. Have students determine which kind of visual aid would best represent the data and create that visual using the table or chart tools in a word processor. They should support their visual aid decision by describing what the data say to them.
1. What is Quantitative Data? - Definition & Examples
Watch this video lesson to find out the difference between saying you have seven apples and saying that those apples are delicious. You will learn about quantitative data and why it is useful.
2. Quantitative vs. Qualitative Research
In this lesson, we identify the differences between quantitative and qualitative research methods in the social sciences. We also discuss the advantages and disadvantages of each approach.
3. The Difference Between Qualitative & Quantitative Measurement
In research, there are generally two types of data. In this lesson, we'll look at quantitative and qualitative measurement, when each are used, and how researchers can sometimes use both.
4. How to Read Scientific Graphs & Charts
How do scientists summarize their findings with visual aids? In this lesson, explore the different types of tables, charts and graphs that scientists use. Learn to read these effectively as a preview to your science studies.
5. The Role of Visuals in Communication
Visuals used in business communication can help with message development. This lesson will explain how the use of visuals can increase understanding, development, communication, and the retainment of a message.
6. Using Visuals to Present Data: Textual Graphics vs. Visual Graphics
Textual and visual graphics can aid in visually presenting data to a business audience. You must first identify the type of data you will be presenting and then decide whether it is details, patterns or relationships being communicated.
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Other chapters within the Common Core History & Social Studies Grades 9-10: Literacy Standards course
- Evidence to Support Analysis: CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RH.9-10.1
- Representing Core Ideas: CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RH.9-10.2
- Analysis of Connected Events: CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RH.9-10.3
- Understanding Vocabulary: CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RH.9-10.4
- Role of Text Structure: CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RH.9-10.5
- Comparing Two Points of View: CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RH.9-10.6
- Evaluating Reasoning and Evidence: CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RH.9-10.8
- Compare and Contrast: CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RH.9-10.9
- Reading Strategies: CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RH.9-10.10
- Samples of Informational Texts for CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RH.9-10.10