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The graph below shows vehicles counted at an intersection over a 4-minute span of time. 

First, describe the information in the graph. What does it tell you?

Then talk about why it might be important to have this data. Who might want to know? How would they use it?

 

[Graph by Jimmie via Flickr]

Word cloud of UN article about global protests

Above is a Wordle™ * of a news article. Summarize the article by interpreting the words and frequencies shown.

*A Wordle™ takes all the words in a text and arranges them randomly. The size of the word shows the frequency with which it appears—larger words appear more often.

Below is a pie chart showing the global percentage of English dialects in 1997. Summarise the information by selecting and reporting the main features, and make comparisons where relevant.

[Image by M. W. Toews via Wikimedia]

Below is a pie chart representing the distribution of languages on internet websites in 2014. Summarise the information by selecting and reporting the main features, and make comparisons where relevant.

[Image by Day Translations Team via Wikimedia]

Below is a graph of land and sea temperatures from 1950 to 2018. Summarise the information by selecting and reporting the main features, and make comparisons where relevant.

*Lowess smoothing = averaging scatter plot values over a certain span to create a smooth line.

[Image by NASA via Wikimedia]

Below is a bar graph showing literacy rates in several regions from 1990 to 2015. Summarise the information by selecting and reporting the main features, and make comparisons where relevant.

[Image by UNESCO via Wikimedia] 

Tour de France bicycle race

"The concept of excellence is inherently competitive; logically, in order for some to surpass, others must be outdone." —Ian Cosh, resident anthropologist at Idea Couture

Write an essay in which you take a position on the statement above. In developing and supporting your essay, consider instances in which the statement does and does not hold true.

CLAIMInternational laws should replace all national laws.

Do you agree or disagree? Use specific reasons and examples to support your answer.

Man holding his head in despair by a laptop computer

CLAIM: Schools and universities have a responsibility to discourage students from pursuing fields in which they are not likely to be successful.

Write an essay explaining how much you agree and/or disagree with this claim. Be sure to give specific evidence and reasoning to support your opinion.

 

Men playing outdoor chess

Do you think mental games like chess are good for you? Why or why not? Can you think of other ways to train your brain?

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