A lesson plan for learning with our collection of inequalities graphs

3. The last graphic in this section (Graph O) is an image of a “You Draw It” chart that appeared in the New York Times in 2015 and addresses these two questions: How likely are children who grow up in very poor families to go to college? What about children who grow up in very wealthy families? Go to original graphic and make your guess. When you’re done, see how close your line is to the actual graph. How did you do? Were you surprised at all by the current chart? What does the graph reveal about the answers to these two questions?

Charts of health inequalities

4. The first graphic in this section (Graph P) shows how the life expectancy of men and women has changed over time, and you might be surprised at what it shows about the different income groups. First, answer the same warm-up questions. Next, consider the title of the graph, “An expanding longevity gap”. What does the headline mean and does the headline look correct based on what you observed in the graph?

5. Graphic S represents the relationship between smoking and income. Again, use the warm-up questions as a guide for the first opinion, then ask yourself. Following, go to discussion with students we hosted this graphic in our “What’s going on in this graphic?” functionality. Change the “Sort by” setting to “Oldest” and scroll through some of the student comments and conversations. Did you find any new ideas or information by reading what other students had to say – or by what “moderator Sharon” of the American Statistical Association (ASA) added? If you’re inspired, submit your own thoughts in the comments section.

Coronavirus inequalities

6. While most of the charts included in this collection use data taken before the outbreak of the coronavirus pandemic, the charts in this section (Graph V) represent changes during the pandemic. Choose one of the five smaller graphs, then answer the warm-up questions. What does the graph you have selected reveal about the evolution of inequalities during the pandemic?

Option 1: Choose a chart, any chart.

Pick any graphic from the collection – either one you’ve already taken a close look at or one you haven’t – and click the article link at the bottom of the graphic. Read the article, then answer these questions:

  • What does the article reveal about inequalities in the United States?

  • What is the role of integrated graphics in the article? Do they improve the article? If you were the editor of the article, would you have made the decision to include the graphics? Why or why not?

  • What additional questions do you have after reading the article?

Option 2: “The America We Need”

Many of the graphics included in this collection are from the 2020 Times opinion series “America We Need,” which explores how the widening disparities in income, wealth and opportunity in the years leading up to the coronavirus has made everyone more vulnerable to the disease.

Read the introductory editorial written by The Times Editorial Board, and as you read, choose three sentences or paragraphs that interest you. For each, write an answer: Why did this excerpt catch your attention? What have you learned? What questions did this raise for you?

Option 3: are general managers overpaid?

In our related student opinion question, we invite you to consider whether the pay gap between executives and their employees is too large. To answer the question, you will look closely Graph D and read an article on how CEO compensation remains “stratospheric,” even in companies hit by the pandemic.

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