The 2012 State of the Union address

Last year we shared a Wordle based on the president’s State of the Union address, and I thought it would be fun to do so again this year.

Show this Wordle to your students to start a discussion about current civic issues. Based on the word cluster, what topics and issues were emphasized during the president’s speech? Is his administration focusing on the right things? What do your students think?

Wordle lets you create “word clouds,” or visual representations of text that give prominence to words that occur more frequently. If you don’t have an hour to spend watching the whole State of the Union address, you can get an idea of the main points pretty quickly by looking at the Wordle.

Did you watch the State of the Union address? If you missed it, it’s not too late– watch the speech here:

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