Tuesday, January 24, 2012

American Government Wordle Project

Tonight at 6:00 pm (Pacific time), President Obama will be addressing a joint session of Congress where he will give his “blueprint” to the American people.  You may either watch the speech live, catch the video online, or read a copy of the text.  Throughout the speech, I want you to write down key words or phrases that President Obama uses throughout his speech.  Pay close attention to repeated words or words that may have significant meaning to you.  When a word is mentioned by the president more than once, keep a tally.  You may also include words that describe your feelings while watching the speech.

You are to write down a minimum of forty (40) words.  Obviously some words will be repeated more than others.  Go to the website http://www.wordle.net/ and create a “word cloud.”  You may either print your “word cloud” or post it on your blog.  We will present these in class on Friday, January 27.

After you create your “word cloud,” you are then to write two solid paragraphs.  In the first paragraph, you are to summarize the main points of President Obama’s speech.  In the second paragraph, you are to write a reaction to his speech.  This paragraph is mainly your opinion, thoughts, reactions, or emotions.

This assignment is worth 125 points.  50 for the “word cloud.”  50 for the paragraphs.  25 for the presentation.

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