This is a lesson plan that has been a favorite of mine since my first year of teaching because my students have always enjoyed it, and it's a great way to hit all learning styles in one!
In the document is a transcript of the 1950's cartoon linked below. The lesson is as follows:
1) Hand out copies of the transcript and instruct students to highlight strong descriptive words and phrases as they follow along with the video.
2) Have students share with a partner/table group to compare notes. If someone else highlighted something they didn't, have them highlight that, too.
3) Pull up Tagxedo.com on a projector screen. (You will need Safari or Explorer to run the necessary plugin.)
4) Ask students to share the words/phrases they highlighted. Copy and paste each word/phrase into the text section one time for each student who highlighted it. (This will make words and phrases highlighted more often appear bigger in the final word cloud.)
5) Ask students to agree with their partners/table groups on ONE word to summarize the mood of the story. Allow the whole class to vote on the best word. Copy and paste the final mood word one time for each student in the class. (For small classes, do two times for each student to ensure that the mood word will be the largest word in the cloud.)
6) As time allows, have students vote on which shape, font, and color scheme best reflect the mood of the story. Print the final product to hang in the hall or classroom! This year, I even printed small versions of the word cloud for each student because they were so excited about it!