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In this activity, students will analyze a character's traits and will create a digital word cloud based on those traits. A word cloud, sometimes called a Wordle, is an artistic arrangement of words of different sizes. The size of each word is related to the number of times it appears in the text.

Word It Out, like wordle but you can save it and add to it later

Here is a fun page you can use in your journaling. I made it based on a Pin from work by Michelle LaPoint Rydell, which you can see here, on her blog, "Inspiration Everywhere": inspirationeveryw... Feel free to print this out and use it. The link takes you to my Flickr page for the high-res download!

Tagxedo. Why it is better than Wordle: you can save it (ta-da!), you can make it into shapes, you can embed it in a blog, you can manipulate it easier, and it is just very kid friendly.

How to create Character Trait Word clouds - includes link to video explanation

Tagxedo - Word Cloud with Styles - pick a webpage and a shape and this site will make a word cloud. Imagine it with chalices and UU words. They offer to make T-shirts and mugs with the word cloud.

Tagxedo - Like Wordle but better! Can use to create SHAPE POEMS. Students list their own words for a topic or copy and paste in an original or mentor poem.

Anchor charts: made on scrapbook paper using a combo of crayons, markers, and Mr. Sketch markers-courtesy of theinspiredapple blog