A statistical graph can offer an alternative compelling approach to teaching statistical thinking, but making good statistical graphs is hard to do. Each step in the process (e.g., change in scale, transform a variable, select colors, add a reference marker) engages students in better understanding data and models. However, this creative process is not easily encapsulated in a textbook. Since it is relatively easy to make a basic plot with statistical software, we can engage students in activities around making statistical graphs. This chapter provides guiding principles and lecture topics for teaching data visualization. The chapter contains exercises to deconstruct and reconstruct a plot, create a plot to reveal an important feature of the data, and turn a table of numbers into a plot.
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