Sharing Writing Research with Infographics

This semester, students in my Teaching Composition class designed infographics to share ideas drawn from our course readings and discussions. These multimodal projects, which blend writing and visual design, had to convey ideas from the scholarly articles we were reading in an accessible, visually-appealing way. Many of our future English teachers designed their infographics to be used in their future classrooms. The topics varied widely, though all the projects focused on different aspects of writing. You can check out each infographic by clicking on the images below.

In their infographic, Robert Elkins, Mary Kate Hynek, and Samantha Kohrt wanted to, as they put it, “help writers craft effective rhetorical arguments based on Bitzer’s Rhetorical Situation. Having a framework of the rhetorical situation and its three constituents makes a writer’s argument meaningful and relevant to the situation. This allows them to be aware of the needs, values, and expectations of their audience.”

Another group was interested in teaching rhetorical concepts to their future students with their infographic as well. English Education majors Alexis Ceballos and Rachel Webber “constructed a useful infographic for upper middle school students and underclassman high school students to utilize when writing a rhetorical piece. Students can refer to this poster to quickly gather the key components of writing a persuasive speech or paper.”

In her infographic aimed at students, Cassie Claffy wanted to help students understand how different kinds of writing can serve different purposes. As she put it, Cassie “created her infographic to provide students with exposure to personal writing. It is essential for students to be supported in both academic and personal writing in order to develop their own voice and writing process.”

Another group of English Education majors, Alyia Cady, Hannah Bolden, and Kathryn Drey, focused on genres of writing. Their infographic provides an overview of literary genres frequently taught in English classes and is designed for students to reference. At this moment late in the semester, they ask, “Have you read too much this year that your brain can handle? If so, take a look at this poster to get a quick reminder of what each genre entails!”

An Elementary Education major, Eve Odum created her infographic to teach young writers how to communicate ethically. As she put it, “the Writing with Ethics infographic shows students what, why, and how to write effectively and ethically. Students learn that their words have power and, therefore, they should use that power to do good. Students can feel empowered when they read about the three young people who have changed the world by using ethics in their speeches and writings.”

English majors Sara Cahill and Sarah Deffenbaugh created their infographic for future high school English students. As they put it, “their topic focused on how to organize writing in order to create an energetic and engaging piece. Their infographic stemmed from researching writing theory and how to effectively implement these ideas into a classroom.”

Bringing his interest in technical writing to the project, Daniel Snyder created an infographic designed to introduce the field of technical writing to English majors, who might not realize this is a great job opportunity after graduation. To introduce the infographic, Daniel asks: “Are you on track for an English degree and still have no idea what to do with it? Have you ever wondered about what a career as a technical writer might look like? Are you one of the three writing concentration students here at USF? Look no further than this infographic detailing the ways you can use your writing talents in a variety of technical fields.”

It is always exciting to see how students synthesize our class readings in rhetoric and writing studies to create original, audience-focused infographics, and this semester, the Teaching Composition students have created a diverse set of engaging projects. 

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