When a pie chart is included in their reading, encourage students to follow these steps for better comprehension:

Step One: Previewing and Comprehension

  • What is the title/caption?
  • What data is recorded in the pie segments?

Step Two: Structural Analysis

  • How is the information organized?
  • How should the information be tracked and read?

Step Three: Content Analysis

  • Summarize the information the pie chart conveys.
  • How does the pie chart relate to the reading?

Step Four: Critical Analysis

  • Who created the pie chart, for what purpose, and for what audience? Could the pie chart be biased?
  • Does the information appear complete and current?
  • How can you use the information presented in the pie chart? How does it relate to what you have read?