Wordle is a Web 2.0 tool which allows artistic renderings of text. Lesson plan elements can be found below.

Possible uses include:

Martin_Luther_Kingspeech.png
"I Have a Dream"

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"Piedmont Region of NC"

Language Arts
Character studies
Miss_American_Pie.jpg
"Miss American Pie"

Pre-reading
Stimulating discussion
Activating prior knowledge
Poetry
Speeches
Parts of Speech
Self-expression

Social Studies
Words associated with:
People
Places
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"Test Sample" Soup 2008

Events

Science
Concepts
Procedures
Scientific Method

Math



Exploratory
Music
Art





Lesson using Wordle
First, have students generate a list of words on the desired topic. This list can be from brainstorming, prior knowledge, review, association, etc. Next, have students share and compare lists in pairs or small groups; they then collaborate and decide on the weighting of words. Words deemed to be of greater importance will be repeated in the Wordle text box; this increases font size. Students collaborate again on font, color, and layout, and they reach consensus on the design they like best. Finally, they post to the gallery and/or present to the class.
To save, go to gallery, right click on the image, and save to the desired location.
To recap:
1. Create 2. Copy* 3. Go 4. Randomize 5. Layout 6. Color 7. Font 8.Save to Gallery 9. Share

*Important: Students should copy their list of words in the text box before hitting GO because they will not be able to return to their list if they want to make adjustments such as increasing or decreasing the size of certain words; if they copy their list each time before hitting go, they avoid having to retype the entire list each time.

FAQ from the Wordle site

How do I make one word bigger than another?

The size of a word in the visualization is proportional to the number of times the word appears in the input text. So, for example, if you type

apple banana banana grape grape grape

into the create page's text field, you'll see that banana's font size is twice apple's, and grape's font size is 3/2 that of banana's.

Can I keep some words together? Can I visualize two-word phrases?

Yes! You can use the tilde character ~ between words that go together. The tilde will be converted to a space when drawing the words, and the words will be treated as a single word.

If you have questions, tips, or ideas, please add them to this page or via the discussion link at the top of the page.
Web2.0 and Education Blog post about using Wordle
In the spirit of collaboration, members are invited and encouraged to add ideas for technology integration in all curriculum areas.


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