- Copy/paste the text of the story in Wordle to create the word cloud. Adjust the settings to create the desired effect.
- Project the Wordle for all students to see.
- Student individually write reactions/impressions of the wordle (5 mins) and create sentences using only the words presented in the Wordle.
- Students turn to their neighbor or work in groups and discuss the varying view points and create a group sentence (10 mins).
- Groups share their sentences with the class (5 mins) and make sure a copy is saved to access later.
- After studying the text, project the Wordle and the group sentences back on the board and discuss the accuracy of the Wordle and sentences (10-15 mins)
- In groups or individually, students could, as a final project, create their own word cloud of the text (or keywords from the text) focusing this time on the size and placement of the words in relationship to how the words are connected to each other in the story. Instead of a random Wordle, students would create an intentional word cloud. Students would also include a written rationale or present their word cloud and rationale to the class.
Later in the year, I can use Wordles to facilitate in student understanding when we study poetry with Pygmalion and Shakespeare's sonnets and Romeo and Juliet in the 4th Marking Period. Students get discouraged when struggling with the language, but if the text is presented in a visually appealing word cloud that only uses the most frequently used words (and not all those thee's and thou's), they should gain an initial understanding of the poem's or soliloquy's themes and motifs.
This is a Wordle of Eliza Doolittle's final monologue to Professor Henry Higgins where she tries to explain her analysis of their relationship. Students can view this Wordle prior to reading George Bernard Shaw's play, Pygmalion, and complete the process above. Based on this Wordle, we can see that this monologue (and thereby the play) is focused on answering the question, what does a girl want? Here's the answer...
While Wordle is describes as a "toy" on their site, this "toy" could be used to facilitate the use of higher level thinking, writing, collaboration, and presentation skills.