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Wordle
http://www.wordle.net/
Wordle is a tool for generating “word clouds” from text. The clouds give greater prominence to words that appear more frequently in the source text. Different fonts, layouts, and color schemes can be changed as well.
Interpretive: Teacher creates a Wordle based on a story and students need to predict what the story was about.

Interpersonal: Take the assignment they've been given, have students put it into Wordle and then fill out the peer evaluation checklist based on which words were used most frequency, if that's what the author intended, accuracy of those words, etc.

Presentational: Take news article on the same topic from different countries and make Wordle images out of them. Based on these images, students present a comparison of the different articles and theorize why different cultures presented the story differently. They could also use Wordle to analyze several different drafts of a project/paper and explain either in written format or orally how their writing has changed between the different drafts.
Tagxedo-Stylish Word Clouds  

http://www.tagxedo.com/

This site is similar to Wordle only students can create their word images as a shape. They are able to choose a shape in the site or upload their own image for this purpose.

Interpretive: The teacher creates two tagxedos based on two candidates running in an election in a Spanish-speaking country. The tagxedos are loaded with text from each candidate's political platform.  Students compare and contrast the candidates using tagxedo. Artists, authors, cultural products, and countries could also be compared.

Interpersonal:  The teacher prepares different incomplete tagxedo shapes around the classroom. As a warm-up or review activity, students move in pairs from shape to shape taking turns adding one word related to the shape. Pairs must negotiate which word to add for each shape and cannot repeat words written by another team.   For example, the teacher may place template shapes of the countries studied during one unit or an object representing different holidays. Students eventually create a loaded tagxedo by hand.

Presentational: Students select one of the pre-made shapes in tagxedo (eg. apple, butterfly, globe), students are then asked to write a poem about the object. The poem may be based on cultural products, perspectives, and practices. Then, they load their poem into tagxedo and create a calligramme (based on the work of French poet Guillaume Apollinaire ), where the spatial arrangement of the words play a role in the construction of the poem.

Storybird-Create Stories
http://storybird.com/
This easy to use digital format is a great way for students to write stories. They use the pictures that are there to create a digital book that is easily viewed and shared.

Interpretive: Students either read a page from one of the pre-made storybird books or view the artwork and have to make predictions about what the whole story might be about.

Interpersonal: The teacher puts up a picture from a book on storybird and the students have to create a spontaneous dialogue among the characters. This is done for five scenes.

Presentational: Students create a storybird book of their own!

View this student example!

Mimito by SenoraK, soccerblonde27 on Storybird 


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