July 26, 2017
The Disappearance of the Teen Summer Job
(click on image above to access the article!)
I hope everyone is having a restful summer break. I came across this article from The Atlantic and thought it would be a great opening Graph of the Week for my students this fall. As you read through the article, you will find the supporting graphs/data helpful in understanding the mindset of some of our kids sitting in our classes today. I plan on choosing one of the graphs to kick off the first GOW.
Our first day of school is August 9, so I will most likely post the first GOW on August 14.
Teacher Resource: Powerpoint to introduce the Graph of the Week on the first days of school...click below!
The Student Writing Prompt:
Analyze the graph below and write a reflection on what you think the graph is communicating to you. To guide you with your response, start with some observations.
Questions to ask your students when reading graphs:
Writing Prompt Template
Topics covered for the 2016-7 academic year:
8/15 Rio Summer Olympic Games Medal Count
8/22 Trends in Obesity in the U.S. (2010 Healthy Kids Act impact)
8/29 Android vs. iPhone U.S. and worldwide
9/6 Total Income spent on food at home/away U.S. & Worldwide
9/12 Spread of the Zika Virus
9/19 College Football Player Recruits and Top States of NFL Recruits
9/26 Music Sales: Albums vs. Singles, Digital vs. Physical; Popular Genres over the years
10/10 Survey among likely voters: Most effective Attacks on Clinton and Trump
10/17 Decline in Bee Population & Economic Impact for Human Food Worldwide
10/24 Rise in Mobile Gaming among Kids & Teens
10/31 UC's Declining Freshmen Acceptance Rate
11/14 Employment and Labor Force Trends
11/28 Black Friday & Cyber Monday Sales
12/5 Student Sleep Statistics
12/12 Fatal Car Accidents (alcohol related)
1/9 Gas Consumption (# of therms used/month) in southern CA home
1/23 Presidential Approval Ratings
1/30 Marriage/Divorce Rates; Age to get married increases
2/6 Super Bowl Ticket Prices; Franchises with most championships
2/13 Valentine's Day Spending/Celebration
2/20 Best-Selling Cars/Trucks in the U.S.; Average Age of a Car
2/27 BAC Levels & Teens Driving Under the Influence
3/6 Music Revenue Through the Years and Who Gets Paid
3/13 Sports Injuries in Children/Teens
3/20 Immigrants and Crime Rates
3/27 Earnings & Unemployment; Highest Paying Majors
4/3 Nutritional Facts In-n-Out Burger vs. McDonald's
4/17 Hate Crimes in the U.S.
4/24 Marvel Superhero Movie Box Office Sales
5/1 Amusement Park TIcket Prices; Disneyland Ticket Prices on the Rise
5/8 Food Allergies in Children
Topics covered for the 2015-6 academic year:
8/24 California's Water Consumption
8/31 2015 MLB Projections
9/14 SAT Scores vs. Family Income
9/21 Donald Trump Ratings in GOP Race
9/28 Caffeine Consumption
10/5 Homicide Rates in U.S. and Los Angeles
10/12 Sleep vs. GPA Statistics
10/19 U.S. Recorded Music Sales and Revenue
10/26 Hurricane Frequency
11/2 Halloween Spending
11/9 The Digital Life of American Teens
11/16 Diversity Among California Universities
11/30 Animal Cruelty in the U.S.
12/7 Mass Shootings in the U.S.
1/4 Fall in stock prices of SeaWorld since Blackfish release
1/11 America's Sugar Consumption
1/25 Snowfall Accumulation East Coast
2/1 L.A. Metro Ridership/Commuter Patterns in the U.S.
2/8 Super Bowl Viewership
2/15 Net Favorability of Candidates among Latino Voters
2/22 Drug Use Among Teens
2/29 Violent Crime In Anaheim, CA
3/7 Delegate Counts After Super Saturday
3/21 Mental Illness in Children, Eating Disorders
4/4 Estimated Yearly Budget to Attend College Full-Time
4/11 The Most Ideal Number of Children to Have
4/18 Kobe Bryant's 20-year career Avg Points per game
4/25 Most Popular Names in U.S.
5/2 Blood Alcohol Content, Drunk Driving Fatalities Decline
5/16 Summer Employment for American Teens Decline
Topics covered for the 2014-5 academic year:
9/2-9/5 MLB Postseason Standings
9/8-9/12 Obesity in the U.S.
9/15-9/19 iPhone Sales (U.S. & Global)
9/22-9/26 U.S. Poverty Rate
9/29-10/3 U.S. Auto Sales; travel by car, global
10/6-10/10 Crime Rate Indexes, LA vs. Anaheim
10/13-10/17 Average Sport Spectator Attendance Global; Avg. Value NFL & MLB Franchises
10/20-10/24 Avg. Daily Attendance at Loara H.S.
10/27-10/31 ALS Ice Bucket Challenge Donation totals
11/3-11/7 Fast Food Sales, Global
12/1-12/5 UC Admission Rates
12/8-12 Disneyland Annual Attendance & Cost
1/5-1/9 Death by Firearms vs. Motor Vehicles in U.S.
1/26-1/30 Skills students need to be successful for life
2/2-2/6 Superbowl 30-second Ad Cost
2/9-2/13 Global Music Revenue & Most Popular Music Genres in U.S.
2/17-2/20 How much a Typical American Reads in a Year
2/23-2/27 Recycling Rates
3/2-3/6 Hit-and-Run Fatalities & Illegal Street Racing
3/16-3/20 Loara High School CAHSEE Results 2014
3/23-3/27 Newspaper Circulation Decline
4/6-4/10 Suicide Rates in the U.S.
4/13-4/17 Drought in California
4/20-4/24 Trends in Mail Volume, U.S.
4/27-5/1 L.A. City Worker Salaries
5/4-5/8 Technology Adoption since 1800s
5/18-5/22 E-Cigarette Use Among Teens
Topics covered for academic year 2013-14:
9/3-9/6 Teen Birth Rates
9/9-9/13 U.S. Video Rental Spending
9/16-9/20 Anaheim Violent & Property Crime Index
9/23-27 Life Expectancy
9/30-10/4 California Bullet Train Survey
10/7-10/11 Drug Use Among Teens & Among All Ages
10/14-10/18 Attitudes Toward Gay Marriage
10/21-10/25 Blood Alcohol Content Chart & Underage Drinking
10/28-11/1 Halloween Spending and Celebration
11/4-11/8 Trends in Obseity Among U.S. Children
11/12-11/15 Average Tuition Costs for UC & CSU schools
11/18-11/22 Top earning degrees & 20 most popular college majors
12/2- 12/6 Black Friday Sales
12/9-12/13 Texting Among Teens and Monthly Text Usage
1/7 - 1/11 Time Teens Spend Watching TV/other activities
1/27-1/31 Super Bowl Mobile App Usage 2012 & 2013
2/3-2/7 Super Bowl 30-second Ad Spot Costs 1967 to 2012
2/11-2/14 Winter Olympics Medal Count (Vancouver 2010 and Sochi 2014)
2/18-2/21 Fatalities & Injuries Statistics Caused by Teen Driving
2/24-2/28 Pregnancy, Birth, & Abortion Rates among teens aged 15-19 years old
3/3-3/7 Earnings and Job Growth for High School Graduates with No College Degree
3/10-3/14 Homeless Counts in California Counties
3/17-3/21 Global Music Revenue Sales (Dig vs CDs)
3/24-3/28 Plane Crash Statistics
4/7-4/11 Coachella Bands Performing 2014
4/14-4/18 School Shootings in the U.S.
4/21-4/25 Game Console Sales
4/28-5/2 E-Cigarette vs. Traditional Revenue & Use Among Students