November 19, 2013

Tried It Tuesday: Autobiographical Wordles and a Giveaway Reminder

It's time to link up with Fourth Grade Flipper for...

... and with Technology Tailgate for ...

This week my fifth graders and I tried Autobiographical Wordles. "What's that?" you say. Why it's a great way to integrate technology with the writing process.

First we reviewed the writing process MY WAY. I add peer conferencing into the standard process that these students have worked with for years. I also explain my writing process clipchart and what we will be doing with it.

And we go over the six traits of writing via the acronym MOVIES.

Next we discuss what makes a great paragraph and the hallmarks of the genre autobiography. Finally, they write an autobiographical paragraph via the writing process. Once I have read and OK'd each paragraph, each fifth grader word processes his/her paragraph and saves it in the class file on the network.

Next I introduce what a word cloud is via Once the fifth graders are comfortable with this website via my demonstration, they are encouraged to "play" with it independently. Once they are able to maneuver through the Wordle website, I show them how to copy/paste their paragraphs into the Wordle site to make their autobiographical word clouds.

Here are their creations...

And that's what we tried this past week! How 'bout you? Anything technology related? Check out all the great posts over at Fourth Grade Flipper and Technology Tailgate for more fun.

Before you go...

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Happy Teaching,
The Teacher's Desk 6


  1. Okay, I can't wait for poetry now! I love the use of the Wordle as a form of writing about themselves. We always do a concrete poem and some poetry about themselves and the Wordle would be a perfect use of this! Thanks for sharing your video and great idea! Can't wait to use this with my fifth graders!

    My Shoe String Life

    1. What a great idea, Amanda! I hadn't thought to use Wordle with concrete poetry. It's the PERFECT combination! Thanks for the idea!

  2. I love the idea of autobiographical wordles! This is wonderful. Thanks so much for sharing and linking up!
    Fourth Grade Flipper

    1. Thanks for the kind words, Holly! I LOVE your Tried It Tuesday linky and am glad when I can join in. Regardless, I read through all the posts each week... always GREAT ideas there!

  3. Great post, but I gotta know--what kind of TV is that? Does it take the place of a Smartboard? Very cool and I'm a little jealous.

    Digital: Divide & Conquer

    1. Thanks for stopping by, Matt! I LOVE my TV! It is connected to my computer just as is my Smartboard. I can display items simultaneously on them or something different on each. I'm especially thankful that I have the TV since my Smartboard is currently inoperable. My projector got knocked out during a power surge last month and it's still not fixed! Have a great day!


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