Visual Rendering

Word cloud made with WordItOut


The goal of this design project is to render a key portion of The Taming of the Shrew as an infographic to illustrate the plot, characters, themes, and/or figures to an audience of informed non-experts. Your final product will contribute to online resources on ways in which Shakespeare’s plays can be used to engage readers with aspects of our current environmental crisis.

Projected Learning Outcomes

Adapting a portion of The Taming of Shrew as a digital infographic that you post to a static web page meets the following projected learning outcomes: literacy, persuasion, collaboration, and imagination. You are composing an infographic to develop your familiarity with a visual rhetorical medium key to environmentalism, and to practice communicating complex information about a specialized topic to a nonspecialist community of readers, and to improve your understanding of The Taming of the Shrew. Recent studies on dual-coding theory show that students are more likely to process and retain information by representing alphanumeric text in a non-linguistic medium. The visual/verbal and design skills gained in this unit will be applicable to subsequent course work.


Piktochart (or any layout/design software you choose) and WordPress. Support documentation creating an infographic in Piktchart is available at Piktochart, ‘How-To’


During a prewritng workshop in class, will choose a guiding topic, strategy, or claim; pull a series of quotes that best support the guiding strategy; decide what sorts of icons or logos best represent the supporting ideas; and draw on paper or in a tool a draft layout the final infographic. We will also spend some time assessing the efficacy of the themes available in Piktochart for our projects.


  • Create a free Piktochart account and log-in. On the first page choose the “Infographic icon”
  • Choose the theme that best suits the genre and idea you want to convey to readers
  • Revise your prewriting document into the theme you chose
  • Revise the fist draft according to what you except your audience requires
  • Create a new static page on your WP site; give the page a short & descriptive name, i.e. Shrew Rendering; embed the infographic into the page. Above the rendering respond to the following prompt in 10-12 sentences. How has this project changed your expectations of the ways in Shakespeare uses visual imagery? How does your rendering persuade readers of the importance of visual imagery both in The Taming of the Shrew and in eco-environmental readings of the play?


Your peers and I are your primary audience, but what choices can you make to best communicate the project goals to a wider audience who may use you site as a resource? How will your visual supplement and/or enhance a reading of Shakespeare’s The Taming of the Shrew?

Collaboratively Generated Assessment Planks
The following criteria, which we determined as a class, will be used to assess your Visual Renderings:
  • Does the rendering meet the assignment criteria? Did you create a one page infographic in Piktochart, and embed the graphic on a static page to which users can easily navigate on WP site on or before the due date? Does short reflective paragraph precede the image on the page?
  • Is goal of graphic clear? Do the images, graphs, icons, and frames work together to advance the the central goal of the graphic and persuade readers of its efficacy?
  • Does the graphic contain at 1-2 citations from The Taming of the Shrew?
  • Is the overarching idea reflected in equal parts visual and verbal? Is the tone of the graphic appropriate to its form?
  • Does the graphic help readers better understand the primary text? Does the graphic help readers think about the information it presents in new ways?