Charts, graphs and diagrams
English materials by Veronica Gilhooly
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What is a trend?
Trends are changes or movements in facts and figures over a period of time.
When writing about or presenting a diagram
Underline key words. Write related words - turn nouns into verbs, verbs into nouns, adjectives intoadverbs, etc. Write opposite words, similar words, synonyms, etc.Circle and highlight the graph. Use arrows. Make notes. Circle the biggest, the smallest. stable orunchanging parts, sudden increases, etc.Identify trends. A trend is the overall idea of the graph• what is happening/what happened• the main change over time• the most noticeable thing about the graph• the pattern over time
A chart is a diagram that makes information easier to understand byshowing how two or more sets of data are related. A pie chart is a circle divided into segments. It is usually used to show percentages. A bar chart is a diagram that makes information easier to understand byshowing how two or more sets of data are related. A bar chart is dividedinto columns. A graph is a diagram, usually a line or a curve, which shows how two setsof numbers or measurements are related. A table is a set of facts and figures arranged in columns and rows. A tableis a very useful way of organizing numerical information.