Hot off the Google Alerts presses . . .
In case you’ve never seen wordle before, it’s a website that will take any batch of text and turn it into a very cool looking word mosaic! The more frequent the word, the larger it appears in the mosaic. As a writer, I use wordle to find those “overused” words that slip into my chapters, like too many instances of clones or SpinNet in close proximity.
But Rachel’s ideas for using Wordle with advanced readers are downright cool. For example, pasting in a bunch of vocabulary and spelling words and seeing if kids can find the (intentionally) misspelled ones. Or just letting them have a go at the Wordle site and see what their fertile little minds come up with.
Rachel got me thinking, and here’s a couple of my own ideas:
Wordle your Homework: If your kids have to type up an essay or paragraph, have them cut and paste it into wordle and see what their most common words are.
Wordle as Art: Take a favorite story, song or bible passage, Wordle it (yes, it is okay to use it as a verb), and then print out the result. If you really like it, you can print a transfer for a t-shirt, frame it, or create a cross-word puzzle from it.
Website Wordle: Use Wordle to see what words are most frequent on your kid’s favorite websites.
Ink Spells Wordle
I’m happy to see children and books in there, and apparently I’m fond of the word greatest . . . but what about drunk and kiss? What kind of website is this?
Here’s wishing you and your family the greatest Thanksgiving, filled with stories and books and maybe even some writing. Ink Spells returns on Monday.