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Graphing Stories

"Use a picture, its worth a thousand words" is a quote attributed to newspaper editor Arthur Brisbane in 1911. He was specifically discussing the use of images in journalism. But the same can be said of the use of images in science. Scientists use a variety of images to communicate with others. Everything from photographs, drawings, diagrams, and graphs are used to communicate ideas and conclusions about data. One such example of how a graph was used to tell a story begins in 1958 when Charles Keeling began taking regular measurements of atmospheric carbon dioxide levels at the Mauna Loa Observatory in Hawaii. When the data collected by Keeling is represented in a graph (as seen to the right), a story begins to unfold.

What story does the Keeling Curve tell? Provide your answer in the Quick write as directed by your instructor.

Part I: Stories from graphs

You or your group will be assigned a slide or group of slides containing a graph. Your task is to examine each graph and create a plausible story that can explain the data on the graph.

Graphing Stories

Part II: Graphs from Stories

You or your group will be assigned a slide or group of slides with a story. Your task is to use the drawing tools to create a graphic display of the story.

Graphing Stories Part II


  • Pick a graph from the linked image. Your task is to represent the following in a video presentation. Upload the video as instructed by your teacher.