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Persuasive Cartography – The PJ Mode Collection at Cornell University

Persuasive Cartography

We all (or most of us) know about the concept of persuasive writing, as this is one of the major focuses in our Language Arts curriculum.  Getting students to understand the power that words have to influence and sway opinion one way or another or to reinforce already held beliefs.  But what about visual representations of the same concepts?

This is where Persuasive Cartography, or map making, comes into play.  These are not your typical maps that would be found in an atlas or even used to teach basic geography, but are rather intended to send a message to the viewer.  The PJ Mode Collection at Cornell University is an open source collection of 800+ of these maps that cover a variety of topics and time periods and is fully searchable and easy to browse:

What’s also nice is each map in the collection is able to be downloaded for use in the classroom, made into a poster or handout for tabletop activities, and fully sourced for citation purposes.

For more information, OpenCulture published an article detailing the collection and persuasive mapmaking as a whole that you might find informative.

 

Potential use in the classroom:  As a warm-up or discussion activity around historical events in your course, or as a discussion kickstarter for the topic of persuasion and propaganda.

Recommended grade levels:  7-12.

 
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Posted by on January 31, 2019 in Websites

 

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State Mammals — Infographic

State Mammals

There are state flags, state mottos, state birds, state quarters, so why not take a look at state mammals too?  From dogs to whales, and even squirrels and raccoons, the mammals that each state chooses as being representative of them are as unique as the states themselves.  [VIA]

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Posted by on December 17, 2018 in Infographics

 

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The Most Prolific Serial Killer in Each State — Infographic

The Most Prolific Serial Killer in Each State

Taking a turn to the dark side today, we look at serial killers, or mass murderers.  If you’ve ever seen, or heard of, Criminal Minds, then you know that at any time there is suspected to be a bevy of killers roaming the country. Not to say that everyone you meet is a potential serial killer, but there is a great deal of evil running around out there, and as today’s infographic shows — no state is immune! [VIA]

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Posted by on December 13, 2018 in Infographics

 

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The History of Income Taxes — Infographic

The History of Income Taxes

On Friday, we posted an infographic on funeral and burial customs — half of Ben Franklin’s death and taxes.  Well, it’s jsut fair that we look at the other half — taxes.  Today’s infographic takes a brief look at the history of income taxes in the United States.  [VIA]

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Posted by on March 13, 2017 in Infographics

 

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Funeral and Burial Rituals from Around the World — Infographic

Funeral and Burial Rituals from Around the World

…in this world, nothing is certain except death and taxes. — Benjamin Franklin

Death is inevitable and, as Franklin states, so are taxes.  Here in the US we’re a little over a month away from tax day, but rather than dwell on that, today’s infographic takes a look at the other side of the certainty coin – death.  It’s unavoidable and we all deal with it in different ways, from our grieving process to the cultural norms and rituals that surround it.  Take a look at 42 different funeral and burial rituals from around the world to see many of these different expressions.  [VIA]

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Posted by on March 10, 2017 in Infographics

 

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The Largest Employers in Every State — Infographic

The Largest Employers in Every State

If you have ever wondered what single business or entity employed the most people in your state, here’s a great map made by reddit user /u/iliadmusic in conjunction with Olivet Nazerene University.  Each employer is shown, and where there is no single employer with more workers than active military personnel in the state, that is shown as well.  Just look how Wal-Mart absolutely dominates the South!!  [VIA]

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Posted by on February 16, 2017 in Infographics

 

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50 Awesome Facts About Languages — Infographic

50 Awesome Facts About Languages

We all speak at least one, and some of us know dozens — even if you’re not aware of it!  Language, and communication in general, is a key to learning, living, and working in the world.  Today’s infographic gives several fun facts you may not have considered about the languages we know and speak.  [VIA]

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Posted by on January 10, 2017 in Infographics

 

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