Maker Faire as Word Cloud

In Kate Messner’s book, 59 Reasons to Write, Lesson 49 is called, “Wordle: What Am I Writing About? …Here’s a way that might help you figure out what you’re writing about…”

Last Spring I wrote an article about the Maker Faire put on at my school. I copied the words from that article into 3 different word cloud generators and got these results.

  1. Using this word cloud generator, I got this:

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2. Using, I got this:


3. And this one using WordItOut


Seeing the BIG ideas in a word cluster is fun and enlightening! I knew my article was about the Maker Faire we had at school last year. But the word clouds helped me to see other words – choose, think, reaction, time, teacher, students, problem-solving, brave, try. These clouds help me to see all the details of a great hands-on project.

What is YOUR writing about today?
Maybe you know.
Maybe you aren’t sure.
Try using a word cloud to literally SEE all the BIG ideas!

Note: This year, my fourth, my goal is to work on my writing each day using lessons from three books. My list of ideas is here on this padlet. Take a peek if you need inspiration!



29 thoughts on “Maker Faire as Word Cloud

  1. Michelle Haseltine says:

    Yay!! I’m so glad you’re here. We used your padlet in class yesterday for inspiration! Thank you!!! Love the idea of using those books to inspire your writing this month. I can’t wait to see what it inspires!


  2. Juliette says:

    Thanks for helping to give us ideas about topics. I am really struggling but have a theme to work on each day! These word clouds are beautiful and i like the way it brings pout the main words,


  3. dogtrax says:

    I do love Word Clouds but wonder about what they really show … often, it is just words as art. I have asked my students to put writing into word cloud generators, to see which words are overused and to notice trends in their writing.


  4. Kathleen Neagle Sokolowski says:

    This is an awesome idea! I am doing informational writing with my third graders and today we are going to do Alphaboxes. I can see us taking our words from the Alphaboxes into a Wordle. Happy first day of Slicing!

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  5. Leigh Anne says:

    I hate to admit this, but I have never done a word cloud! These turned out great! I love your Padlet – a great collection of ideas and inspiration! Happy writing!

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  6. Ms Victor Reads says:

    You are right, a great way to see the big ideas! I knew a teacher who used it to gift each student a wordle of their report card narrative:) We looked at your Padlet in class again this morning!


    • sallydonnelly11 says:

      The report card idea is so interested!! I may try that! So glad YOU taught me padlet!! The kids are posting to one I made for March Book Madness. Feel free to see what we are thinking should win a bracket!
      (and so glad you taught me that too!)
      Any interest in submitting to a conference together to present on using technology in reading and writing workshop?? Then we could meet in person!!
      And I am so happy they like my padlet. I plan to share YOURS today with them!!


  7. rosecappelli says:

    I have not used Wordle in quite a while so thanks for the reminder about this useful tool. And thanks also for the ideas you posted on Padlet. I have that post bookmarked for inspiration. Happy writing this month!


  8. cvarsalona says:

    Sally, I have been under the weather lately and did not want to stay up last night but I, like you, wanted to get my post up. Word Clouds are visually masterpieces of divergent thinking all done for us. I love to use them. My newest craze is going to Tagul. Give this one a try. I am sure your students will love it.


  9. VanessaVaile says:

    Book marking article for future reference. I’ve used basic Wordle a lot — I’m looking forward to trying out the other two. Word clouds are great for writing self-analysis and identifying “pet words.” Type in a blog or article url for diy word use and theme analysis too. This also helps students learn how to look at and analyze their own writing.


  10. franmccrackin says:

    As always, Sally, you are there at the starting gate, and teaching us how to have fun using more technology in conjunction with our writing! Appreciate this, and I look forward to more.


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