Write a Short Description of Your Diagram

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An effective scientific diagram clearly explains the information in a visual way using shapes, lines, and labels.

As you learned, it’s most important to be as accurate as possible with your details so that someone looking at your diagram understands what you are trying to show.

To make sure that your diagram is as clear as possible, you can write a short description about it.

Then, you can ask a partner to read your words while they look at your picture to see if they convey the same idea.

To begin, open your original example project.

Then, open a new document and rename it.

Give your description a title and format the text.

Add a topic sentence that sums up the main idea of your diagram.

Then, look at the different parts and write a sentence about each one.

Combine sentences if they sound choppy.

It’s important to make sure you include in your paragraph every part that you put in your diagram so readers aren’t confused when they look at both.

For more understanding, make each part that you labeled in your diagram bold in your paragraph.

Check your paragraph against the diagram to make sure you wrote about each label.

Run a spell check on your paragraph.

Finally, find a partner or use one your teacher assigns.

Ask them to read your paragraph as they look at the picture to make sure both convey the same ideas.

If they don’t, adjust your paragraph.

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