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Character Traits Word Cloud Project

A word cloud is picture of words with more frequently used words given a greater emphasis.

Make a word cloud for a character in the story.

1. In a text document, make a list of 10 words or phrases that describe a character from the book.
Save the list to your class folder. Call it word cloud project.

2. Watch the Wordle How to Create video (teachertube)

Tip: Use the tilde symbol ~ to connect words in the cloud - Word Clouds - Beyond the Basics (youtube)

3. Go to the Wordle website http://www.wordle.net

4. Enter the character's name in the box 2 times. Connect the first and last names with a ~ tilde.

Example: George~Washington

You may either type the name 2 times or type it one time. Copy .. paste it one more time.
This will give the name the greatest emphasis in the word cloud.

5. Enter 10 words or short phrases (2 or 3 words) that describe the character.
When you enter a short phrase, remember to connect the words with ~ tilde symbols.

Proof your entries. It is funny how speling errors and typeos sneak in to the bets work. smiling icon

6. When you are finished - Click GO.

7. A beginning sample of your word cloud will appear.

Clicking the Randomize button will create a new look for your word cloud.

Use the Edit, Language, Font, Layout and Color menus at top of the window to adjust the appearance of your cloud.

When you are satisfied - Click Print.

8. Save a copy of your product in your computer by taking a screen shot.

Visit this web page http://www.take-a-screenshot.org/ for directions on how to take a screen shot in various computer formats. Click on the tabs at the top of the blue field to see the tip for different systems like Mac, iPhone, iPod and so on....

9. Contribute your word cloud to the archive on the Wordle website by clicking the Save to public Gallery button.

Troubleshooting tips - http://www.wordle.net/faq#redx

Class alternatives:

gold star Have the class make the word lists. Then make a word cloud with all the words weighted by totals.
See Advanced for How to

gold star Make a word cloud for any study unit which is rich in new vocabulary. Post it in the classroom.

gold star Tagxedo is another word cloud creating software product. (You may need to upgrade your Microsoft Silverlight web plugin. It is free.) This software lets you make the word clouds in special shapes like: a heart, the earth, animals, a state or country, even a person's head shape.

101 Ways to use Tagxedo is an outstanding resource of ideas for using word clouds. Wow!

"Use a picture. It's worth a thousand words." Arthur Brisbane

Other Literature projects:

Write a Letter to a Character - ReadWriteThink Letter Generator

Make a Plot Timeline - ReadWriteThink - Timeline generator

Make a vocabulary crossword puzzle crossword puzzle bullet

Character Map computer project

Making Book Trailers with Photo Story 3 free software and free tutorial

Design a PowerPoint™ presentation of the story elements | Or Develop a Prezi related to the book

Make a GoogleLitTrip - How to

WebQuests an inquiry-oriented lesson | Literature as Art webquest


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Posted February 2013.