You probably would have guessed that raven was one of the most frequently used words in Poe’s “The Raven,” but the Wordle word cloud on the right makes the impact of that word visually obvious. Wordle is a free tool that can make a word cloud out of any text that is pasted into a form or by using the text on a webpage. It includes some choices for formatting, so that you can change the color and layout of the words. You can also omit commonly used words. The final cloud can be printed or saved.
Last week, Edutopia shared some ideas for using Wordle in the classroom, as part of their New Teacher Boot Camp. In addition to checking out the Edutopia resources, take a look at these blog posts for more ideas on using word clouds for reading and writing activities in the classroom:
- Wordle: Word Maps for Fun and Analysis
- Wordle and the Inauguration
- Using Wordle Images to Hear What’s Said
- Text + Image = Tagxedo: The Next Generation of Word Cloud Fun
While you checking out activities for the next school year, be sure to look at the ReadWriteThink calendar entries, lesson plans, and classroom activities below for more ideas. Have a great week!
- New Strategy Guides on ReadWriteThink:
- Exit Slips (For grades 3–12)
- Inquiry Charts (I-Charts) (For grades 3–12)
- Power Notes (For grades 6–12)
- Promoting Student-Directed Inquiry with the I-Search Paper (For grades 8–12)
- This week at Camp What-A-Wonder, gather online to talk about and tell a few Spooky Stories! Learn more on the Wonderopolis site, and be sure to participate in the parent #wonderchat at 8 PM EDT.
- Learn from Regie Routman, Richard Allington, and Beverly Tyner in IRA’s new video series.
- Join the discussion about the 10th anniversary of September 11, 2001 and learn more about the free online conference – September 11: Teaching Contemporary History.
From the Calendar
- July 10: The Scopes Trial began today in 1925. Student brainstorm a list of objects and processes that have changed over time and use the Timeline tool to sketch out the evolution of the item they have chosen. A giant class timeline can be created to show the evolution of the items students have investigated. (For grades 5–12)
- July 11: Children's author Patricia Polacco was born in 1944. Students share family stories of their own by writing original poems and reviewing parts of speech using the Diamante Poems tool. (For grades 3–8)
- July 11: Author E.B. White was born on this day in 1899. Author E.B. White, most well-known for his famous children's book, Charlotte's Web, received high acclaim and awards for many of his works of fiction. (For grades K–5)
- July 12: Henry David Thoreau was born in 1817. Students make mental “snapshots” of a natural setting, then capture the details of their setting by writing and then creating a class booklet of the nature walk. (For grades 1–12)
- July 14: Author Laura Joffe Numeroff was born in 1953. Using one of Numeroff's books as a model, students use the circle plot structure as a culminating project for a unit of study completed in the classroom. (For grades 3–8)
- July 16: African American journalist Ida B. Wells was born in 1862. Students brainstorm a list of human rights issues, research their group's issue in depth, examine the way journalists cover a story, and create articles for a classroom newspaper. (For grades 7–12)
- Look ahead to next week for lesson plans and activities on Jack Kerouac, John Newbery, the first moon landing, Ernest Hemingway, and the Pied Piper.
Connecting with Other Teachers
- Do you have a ReadWriteThink success story to share? Just complete the Share Your Story form.
- Make the most of Thinkfinity.org by adding it to your social network!
- How are you using Thinkfinity resources and interactive whiteboards?
- What are the positives and negatives of posting student work online?
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