Episode 144: Reading, Analyzing, & Creating Informational Graphics in the Elementary Classroom by Emma Thacker & Jeremy Stoddard

In Episode 144, Dan and Michael chat with Emma Thacker and Jeremy Stoddard about their recent article in Social Studies & the Young Learner titled, “Reading, Analyzing, and Creating Informational Graphics in the Elementary Classroom.”

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Episode 144

Books, Articles and Other Amazing Resources

  1. Thacker, E. S., Stoddard, J. D., & Van Hover, S. (2019). Reading, Analyzing, and Creating Informational Graphics in the Elementary Classroom. Social Studies and the Young Learner, 31(4), 15-18.
  2. Michael add Napoleon map
  3. See more data visualizations: Episode 87: Data Visualization & Literacy in Social Studies with Tamara Shreiner
  4. Dan wasn’t making up the food industrial complex with Big Dairy! The food pyramid didn’t even make sense to the Agriculture Secretary!


Emma Thacker is an assistant professor in the department of Early, Elementary, and Reading Education at James Madison University in Harrisonburg, Virginia. She teaches courses in elementary social studies education as well as graduate courses in teacher inquiry and curriculum design. Prior to joining the faculty at James Madison, she was a Teacher-Scholar Postdoctoral Fellow in the department of education at Wake Forest University. Dr. Thacker taught high school social studies in central Kentucky before pursuing her Ph.D. and enjoys working with and learning from teachers and students. She can be emailed at thackees@jmu.edu and you can follow her on Twitter @EmmaSThacker.

Jeremy Stoddard is Associate Professor and the Faculty Chair of the Secondary Education Program at the University of Wisconsin—Madison. His research examines the role of media in teaching and learning history and democratic citizenship – with a particular focus on engagement with difficult or marginalized histories and contemporary controversial issues. His work has been published in Journal of Curriculum Studies, Teachers College Record, Curriculum Inquiry, and Learning, Media and Technology. He has also co-authored or co-edited three books, including Teaching Difficult History Through Film (Routledge, 2017). He has served as Editor for Theory and Research in Social Education and has held national leadership roles in the Teaching History SIG of AERA and as a member of the Executive Board of the College and University Faculty Assembly of the National Council for the Social Studies. Prior to joining the UW faculty in 2019, Stoddard was on faculty at William & Mary, where he served as Chair of the Department of Curriculum & Instruction, founded and directed the interdisciplinary program in Educational Studies, and was an affiliated faculty of the Film and Media Studies program.


We would like to thank Zack Seitz of Wylie High School (TX) and the University of North Texas for his editing skills.

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