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Literacy Assignment 9: Social Connectedness in America

Data source: NY Times Article


To think creatively and critically about data visualization decisions and motivation. Additionally, to use visualizations and data to spark further research and questions.


1 one-page PDF (no MSWORD, please!) writeup that responds to the questions below.

Grading standards:

Your PDF will be graded on the following:

  • 100% Successfully turned in a PDF with reasonable answers. Help us know that you're thinking critically about the data!

Assignment Description:

For this assignment, you will need to analyze the linked interactive graph and respond to the questions/prompts below. Please submit your responses as a one-page PDF via LearningSuite.

Interactive Graph Link

You must respond to the following questions.

This graphic was published in a NY Times article. Make sure to hover your mouse over different counties!

  • What do you first notice about this graph?
  • What information in this graph is most interesting to you, and why?
  • Hover your mouse over Utah County, Utah.
    • How does the graph confirm what you would expect about social connectedness in Utah County?
    • What, if anything, surprises you?
  • What would you change about this graph?
  • What intrigues you most after studying this graph?
  • List three (3) additional research questions you could pursue with the data used to make this graph.
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