How to Make Reading Fun
Are you looking for a lesson plan that will engage your students? Then keep reading for an interactive solution that will make students of all levels want to learn. Motivating students to quordle read is more challenging than ever. How does an educator compete with brief Facebook posts and 120-character “tweets”? Just as the melodious fragrances from a spice bazaar whet the appetite, anticipation is what creates an interest in reading. How can you, as a teacher, create anticipation? One method is to give your students a brief overview using key words contained in the material. You could use a simple vocabulary list. Vocab lists, though, are static and boring. We need a vocab list that “pops”; something that engages. Word clouds provide us a way to present a vocab list in a fun and exciting way. Word clouds, though, require time and an artistic touch. What if there was a way to automate the word cloud creation process? It would be nice to choose from a variety of colors, fonts, sizes, etc. Such a solution would allow you to create anticipation in a fun, interactive way.
We found something along those lines in an online word cloud creation tool called Wordle. In a little bit we will talk about how Wordle can help you create anticipation for reading among your students. Using Wordle is a simple process. When you copy text from your chosen source and paste the text into the Wordle “create” page (or type the text yourself,) a word cloud is created for you. The words that appear with more frequency are given a larger font size; and vice-versa for words that appear with less frequency. Once your Wordle is created, you can adjust any number of settings: word orientation, font style, text color, etc. When you are happy with your final result, you can print the Wordle. (To embed the Wordle in your website or blog, you will need to capture the image. There are various ways of doing this. In Windows 7 )
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