So what is Wordle? According to www.wordle.net, Wordle is a web tool for “generating “word clouds” from text that you provide. The clouds give greater prominence to words that appear more frequently in the source text. You can tweak your clouds with different fonts, layouts, and color schemes.” I created a Wordle on Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s speech, “I Have a Dream.” I plan to use my “I Have a Dream” Wordle as a starting point for a discussion as we analyze Dr. King’s speech.
Marla Hulce at Seltice Elementary created a quick reference guide for her staff. Marla offered the following suggested uses:
1. Character Web
2. Context Clues for vocabulary words or topics.
- Teacher provides clues.
- Students find the answer.
3. For Editing
- Students type in a paragraph and they can visually see if they are overusing words.
5. Main Idea of stories or paragraphs
6. As a pre-reading exercise, give students a Wordle of non-fiction text and have them think of a title or heading.
7. Classroom Polls
8. Compare and Contrast
- Students make two different Wordles.
9. “Flashcards” for vocabulary words for science or social studies topics.
10. Create a Wordle from spelling words.
11. List of sight words.
Thank you for sharing Marla!
How do you or how might you use Wordle with your students?