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Graphs are not just for math class! Seven of the ten fastest growing job categories in the United States are data-centered, and more than 90% of the data ever created by humanity has emerged in the last several years (Boaler, 2019)! Yet research has shown that many educated adults remain functionally illiterate when it comes to understanding data (Steen, 2001).

Data tells a story in the form of a graph. In order to help your students make math connections in any content area, come learn about an instructional strategy that will engage your students by showing them how to tell a story with graphs. 



    This professional development activity/course is designed for:

  • Adult basic education teachers at all levels of math background and comfort.

This 75-minute webinar is for anyone who teaches ABE math, science, social studies, or ESOL. The instructional strategy of using slow-reveal graphs takes the focus off getting the “right” answer and allows students from a wide variety of math backgrounds and levels (including ELLs) to work together to share their curiosity and interpret graphs. The examples you’ll work with introduce a social justice topic and, if you use the unit plan provided, give your students the opportunity to share their own visuals about a social justice topic they find meaningful.

    Learning Objectives

    Upon completion of this professional development activity/course, you will be able to:

  • Use slow-reveal graphs as a strategy for deeper understanding of information presented in a graph
    Access a model unit for teaching on social justice, graph analysis, and proportional reasoning
Presenter(s) / Facilitator(s)



United States

PD Center
SABES Mathematics and Adult Numeracy Curriculum and Instruction PD Center
SABES English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL) Curriculum & Instruction PD Center
Topic Area
ABE/Adult Education
College and Career Readiness
College and Career Readiness Standards for Adult Education (CCRSAE)
ESOL/English Language Learner
Learning Disabilities
Mathematics and Adult Numeracy
Social Studies