History and Government: What are the qualities of a good chart?

 

CHAPTER THREE

3c ii). State the qualities of a good chart.

Qualities of a good chart

A good chart must;

  • Have a heading/title in capital letters.
  • Bring out the message clearly precisely and forcefully, i.e. it should have a central idea standing out clearly,
  • Use symbols which can be understood by the users.
  • Contain information which is true, accurate and authentic in all respects.
  • Be simple, not loaded with unnecessary details.
  • Have bold writing and outlines which can be clearly seen from a distance.
  • Be easy to read with clear symbols and lettering.
  • Be interesting and neat, making it attractive to look at.
  • Be of good size, large enough to be seen by the entire class.
  • Make use of conventional colours where necessary and also colour coding to show contrast, comparisons or growth.

Note:    These qualities are both for teacher-made and commercially produced charts

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