Wordle and Local History

This is my first exploration with Wordle. I uploaded Lincoln’s House Divided Speech, ca. 1857-1858. This tool could be very effective and details Lincoln’s main points of the speech. However, I am having difficulty increasing the size of the text. I was unable to directly embed the code from Wordle. Does anyone have any suggestions?

Wordle could be  a valuable tool for my AP US History students. They could upload a primary source document from a DBQ, which would help them choose the salient outside information to include in their essay.

In addition, I have found that university campuses offer a wide breadth of local history. For my AP Human Geography course, I took my students to the University of Pennsylvania campus for a historical architecture tour that I developed. In addition, to discussing the buildings, a large number of historical figures were discussed as well. I can invision similar historical tours at universities around the country.




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One comment on “Wordle and Local History
  1. nathanramin says:

    This is very interesting. Since seeing the presentation on PrimaryResearch.org, I’ve been thinking about what my students could see that would bring the Civil War home to them. I teach at a school on Chicago’s west side, and located a former prison camp nearby: Camp Douglas. Unfortunately, it’s currently covered in condos, but it is a starting point.

    Here’s the link to the Newberry Library site on the topic, if anyone’s curious: http://www.encyclopedia.chicagohistory.org/pages/207.html

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