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Scoop That Poop!

In addition to being gross, dog waste can be bad for the environment.

From the October 2015 Issue

Learning Objective: Students will select details from an infographic to support an idea.

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Complexity Factors


The infographic explains why it’s important to pick up dog droppings.


The infographic uses statistics, text boxes, images, and a diagram to convey information.


The text includes a few words, such as bacteria, that may be unfamilar to readers. The term “bodies of water” might cause confusion.

Knowledge Demands 

The text refers to sewage systems, which might be an unfamiliar concept.

Step-by-Step Lesson Plan

1. Reading and Discussing 

Project the infographic as students follow along in their magazines.

Prompt students to use the headline, subhead, and central image to identify the topic of the infographic.

Ask: Is the purpose of the infographic to

  • explain something to you?
  • convince you of something?
  • tell you how to do something?

Have students look over the labels and images surrounding the central image. Ask:

  • How are they related to the central image? (They provide details about the main idea.)

Break students into groups to read each section of the infographic and discuss what they find interesting, surprising, or convincing.

Come back together as a class and ask volunteers to summarize the main idea and supporting details from the infographic.

2. Writing

Preview the writing prompt in the “Write to Win” box.

Download and distribute the guided-writing activity that goes along with the infographic.

Have students respond to the writing prompt. If you wish, send their responses to our infographic contest.

Ideas to Engage and Inspire

Have students create their own infographics! Download our “Make Your Own Infographic” activity from Storyworks Online.