Teaching Critical Thinking Strategies in
the Classroom through Aesthetic
Wordle Book Ads-
Connecting Literature and Art
• The students will learn how to use the following programs to
create meaningful projects:
– Microsoft Word
– Microsoft Paint
– Microsoft Publisher
• The students will be able to identify short story elements.
• The students will read, interrupt and analyze literature.
• The students will actively discuss literature.
• The students will read to acquire information.
• The students will orally communicate information, opinions, and
• The class went to the library.
• Each student checked out a novel.
• We came back to the classroom and read over
Days 2 - 10
• Students read their
novel for 30 minutes
each day in class.
• While reading they
– key points
– phrases, or words that
correspond to their
• I showed a collection of art that I made from
student answered questions about each slide. The questions got the students
thinking about how pictures connect to books.
• Students created lists about the novels they read. The lists included:
– the setting of the book
– the names of the main characters
– the genre of the book
– words that describe the plot and main events in the novel
– feelings and emotions they had while reading
• Students discussed their lists with a partner.
• After the small group discussion we had a class discussion.
Category Below Basic 2 Proficient 3 Total
Information Neither the title nor the Either the title or the author Both the title and the author
author are found in the ad is missing from the ad are found in the ad
Appearance (Is there too The ad has many The ad has some The ad is easy to read and
much?) distractions that are distractions that are has few distractions.
confusing to the reader. confusing to the reader.
Grammar There are many grammar There are some grammar There are few grammar
(Capitalization, punctuation, mistakes that confuse the mistakes but they don’t mistakes.
spelling) reader. confuse the reader.
Accuracy of Information (Is Student does not Student demonstrates a Student demonstrates a
the information correct) demonstrate a complete mostly complete complete understanding of
understanding of the text: understanding of the text: the text: all key pieces of
some key pieces of most key pieces of information are correct.
information are correct. information are correct.
Use of font, layout and Student does not effectively Students effectively uses Student effectively uses
color use font, color, and layout to either font, color, or layout font, color, and layout to
further the viewer's to further the viewer’s further the viewer's
understanding of the text. understanding of the text understanding of the text.
Demonstrates understanding Student shows little or no Student shows some Student shows they fully
of the text understanding of text understanding of the text understand the text
through using textual through their choice of through applicable textual
evidence. text support. evidence.
Word Choice Student's conveyance of Student conveys meaning Student conveys meaning
meaning is limited by through functional and through specific and
ineffective or incorrect correct word choice and effective word choice and
word choice and sentence phrasing is sentence phrasing is
sentence phrasing is correctly constructed and rhythmic and invites oral
incomplete or awkward. attempts some creativity. reading.
Incorporating Wordle Book Ads into my Book Report unit was a great experience for both
myself and my students! We all learned a great deal! This unit incorporated reading, critical
thinking skills, the arts, and technology. This allowed me to incorporate a variety of
standards into the unit. Often students (especially boys) don’t get too excited about making a
poster, but all of my students were enthusiastic about the Wordle Book Ads.
I look forward to continuing to use Wordle Book Ads in my classroom. Wordle can be
adapted and used in many situations, such as creating a word collage. I am also setting a
personal goal for myself – next year I want to incorporate technology and the arts into as
many of my projects and activities as possible. I have found that it truly grasps students’
attention and helps students of all interests find something they like about a project.
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