I've been trying to find a way to use wordle in my U.S. History class...finally figured it out.
For those who haven't used it, wordle creates word clouds by either copying and pasting text into the create box, or by listing words and giving them a number value (which determines the size of the word). Here is a sample wordle from Lincoln's Emancipation Proclamation where the text of the document was pasted into the create box.
After studying the Civil War, as a mini-review, my students will come up with a list of 25-30 terms, people, places, events, dates, battles and documents to type into wordle advanced. They will then assign a number value to each word based on their interpretation of the level of importance that term had in the Civil War.
Once their wordle is created, they will write a one page explenation / defense of their choices. I will allow the students to determine which terms they are going to defend in their response.
1. Have students copy and paste the text of a paper they wrote into wordle, the results and reflection on the outcome are often surprising.
2. Paste historical primary source documents into wordle for a visual analysis.