What is Wordle?
Wordle is an web-based tool that creates “word clouds”
from text that you provide. The clouds give greater
prominence to words that appear more frequently in the
source text. You can tweak your clouds with different
fonts, layouts, and color schemes. The images you
create with Wordle are yours to use however you like.
Helpful Hints ...
-retype the words you wish emphasized 2 to 3 times than the other words to
make them stand out
-Use a ~ between words to group words together such as We~The~People
-Look through your font choices
-Under layout - you can determine the maximum word usage
Creating a word cloud ...
Write, or paste a paragraph of text in the word box.
Then select go and watch your cloud form.
Personalizing the cloud ...
Choose a color Choose a layout for your
scheme for the wordle words
language Choose a word font
By Selecting ‘Randomize’
you are allowing Wordle
to choose the layout,
colour, language and font
of your word cloud. You
may continuously choose
‘randomize’ until you find
a style that best suits
What to watch for ...
Wordle will take out unnecessary words, such as connecting words( ex. the, then, after
etc.) However, Wordle will not notice subtle differences in the same word, and therefore
treat that word as two separate subjects (see below).
Screen shot ...
When using the Mac computer, you will then need to take a screen shot of
the “word cloud” so that it can be saved as a jpg. This will allow for you
to display your wordle in Google Sites, a word document, etc.
* Have the wordle open in a window
* press shift + command + 4
* your arrow becomes a cross ... drag and select the area
to capture image of the screen. Press the space bar.
* The image will save to your desktop as ‘picture’
Create your own color scheme by selecting color,
custom color palette, and then edit custom
palette from the toolbar.
Select desired number of colors, then choose a
background color and coordinating word colors.
Layout Options ...
Arrange words in alphabetical order
Spread words ‘’every which way’’
Create rounder or straighter edges
Make words horizontal, vertical, or both
Remove common words from a number of
View alphabetical word count of all words in
Make all words upper or lower case
Image Preferences ...
To increase the size of a word, enter it more
times in your list
To keep two words together in your Wordle, link
them with a tilde (~); it won’t show in your Wordle
To remove an undesired word from your Wordle,
right click on it, then delete
Ideas for Wordles ...
Story Elements of a particular novel
All About Me
Introducing new vocabulary
Guess the Book ... have your students create book jackets based on character, plot, and
location with in a book
Review a historical document ... have students review a document and pull out the words
they feel should be emphasized