1. In a text document, make a list of 10 words or phrases that describe a character from the book.
2. Watch the Wordle How to Create video (teachertube)
3. Go to the Wordle website http://www.wordle.net
4. Enter the character's name in the box 2 times. Connect the first and last names with a ~ tilde.
5. Enter 10 words or short phrases (2 or 3 words) that describe the character.
6. When you are finished - Click GO.
7. A beginning sample of your word cloud will appear.
8. Save a copy of your product in your computer by taking a screen shot.
9. Contribute your word cloud to the archive on the Wordle website by clicking the Save to public Gallery button.
Troubleshooting tips - http://www.wordle.net/faq#redx
Have the class make the word lists. Then make a word cloud with all the words weighted by totals.
Make a word cloud for any study unit which is rich in new vocabulary. Post it in the classroom.
Tagxedo is another word cloud creating software product. (You may need to upgrade your Microsoft Silverlight web plugin. It is free.) This software lets you make the word clouds in special shapes like: a heart, the earth, animals, a state or country, even a person's head shape.
101 Ways to use Tagxedo is an outstanding resource of ideas for using word clouds. Wow!
"Use a picture. It's worth a thousand words." Arthur Brisbane
Other Literature projects:
Making Book Trailers with Photo Story 3 free software and free tutorial
Design a PowerPoint™ presentation of the story elements | Or Develop a Prezi related to the book
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Kudos to Jonathan Feinberg for sharing Wordle with all of us.
Posted February 2013.