A couple of months ago I posted about a program called Wordle which allows you to create "word clouds" from a body of text or a blog. I had a couple of ideas but hadn't really thought that much more about it.
I was just listening to Eric Langhorst's podcast over at Speaking of History and he instantly got me interested in it again. Teaching about American government, he ran the US constitution through Wordle and created a great starting point for a class discussion. It's fun and engaging and immediately provides a windown into the focus of the document.
So of course I reached for our Canadian equivalent and ran the Charter of Rights and Freedoms through Wordle and got the following result:
Click on the link and try putting your own historical documents into Wordle - let's see what other results we can come up with.