Comprehensible Clouds

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Word Clouds are everywhere. We see them in advertising, on merchandise, blog sidebar widgets, and—of course—instructional materials shared by teachers. Word clouds are a method of representing data in a visual way: specifically, the words contained within any given text and their frequency. The bigger the words appear, the more they are used in the text. For this reason, it is easy to see why TPRS®/CI teachers are so drawn to them! In general curriculum planning, we strive to target high frequency structures. When preparing students to read a text, we determine which words are most essential for students to know in order to understand it. And while word clouds are certainly helpful in lesson planning, there are also many, many ways that you can use them in class with your students!

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