Analyzing Drafts with Word Clouds

One interesting way of helping students analyze drafts of their papers is to have them create a word cloud.  The more often a word appears in the paper, the larger the font of that word will be in the word cloud.  Students can use a word cloud to make sure the content of the paper is consistent with their thesis statement and the goal of the assignment.  They can also determine whether they have overused a word and should seek out synonyms in a thesaurus.To create a word cloud, students simply go to a web site such as Wordle.net.  Richard Byrne recently provided a list of word cloud tools in his blog Free Technology for Teachers.The sample word cloud at the right shows a word cloud created by Tagul.com using the words on the webpage that lists and describes the Magna 20 Minute Mentor videos available to Simpson faculty.

word cloud of 20 Minute Magna<br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br />              Mentor Videos

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