Background and Methods
Wordle creates an image of words from source text. The image created can vary depending on a variety of options including typeface, orientation of words and color. Words that are used more frequently are larger compared to the smaller sized, less frequently used words. With a quick glance one can compare multiple bodies of text and see which words are used more and understand the tenor and purpose of the source material on a more atomic level.
In the interest of reducing different visual factors that may skew comparisons one can use the same options to generate wordle images from different sources of text. The effect of using the same options to generate the different images is that focus is directed towards the nature of each source text.
Because the wordle site naturally randomizes its graphics, you should take note of which options are used in one image and apply the same choices when generating another. Eliminating graphic differences between images will draw focus to each text’s unique composition.
Below are three wordle images created from the Contitutions of Massachusetts, Nebraska and Alaska.
Examine each wordle. Reflect on the factors involved in the formation of each state’s constitution. Discuss the following:
- How does the time period of each adoption date affect the composition of each constitution?
- What significant differences exist between the states deliberative branches of government? (Hint, if needed.)
- How do the sizes of the word ‘governor’ compare in each state constitution? How is this frequency reflected in the article The Powers of the Governor in North Carolina: Where the Weak Grow Strong* Except for the Governor (1990, Beyle, T), North Carolina Insight, North Carolina Center for Public Policy Research?
- How are the roles of the courts reflected in each constitution?
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