Data Visualization and the Classics
Turning the Classics into Science
An Inherently Interdisciplinary Process
By having students form a hypothesis about a classic, the students are then able to measure how many times an event occurred. This turns classic literature into data that the students can use in writing papers.
Framing Study to Teach Agency
Having students frame the study of a classic piece allows for them to buy-in to the whole process. This also allows for debate over what makes up a theme in a piece of literature.
Data Management and Design Thinking
With a theme in mind students then have to design how they will manage the data the collect. By having a completion for the design students work on different ideas of how to manage the class data in the easiest and clearest way.
Teamwork and Communal Analysis
Then having students create a schedule for who will be in charge of entering, maintaining, and accuracy of the data each week enables students to work together.
New insights: Friends or Frenemies?
Looking at the issue of rage in the Classics helped students gain insight into interpersonal relationships of the text and then connect that issue to bullying in and out of school.
Having the data organized as a class will then allow for students to develop thesis statements for research that would have been hard to create without the data.
Using different kinds of free spreadsheets for data entry helps students understand the classic texts without spending any money to organize their ideas.