Literacy in Science: Word Clouds
8th Grade Science teacher Peter Hill from King Middle School in Maine shares a quick strategy tool he refers to as "word cloud." The "word cloud" is generated by a computer program that takes words from an article and generates a "cloud" with different sizes of words with the size emphasizing the frequency of the word. Mr. Hill uses this as a quick pre-reading activity to increase curiosity and engagement and to have students anticipate what the article or essay is about and what the main idea is. Teachers might also consider a twist to this idea and have student groups create their own word cloud after reading a selected text.