If you would like an alternative to introducing text, vocabulary or content, check out wordsift. This word cloud generator is from Stanford University and has many options for analyzing text within a word cloud. Words can be organized alphabetically, common to rare, and rare to common. You can even look at common words and their uses within other content areas. Here is a sample lesson about a letter from MLK sent from a Birmingham jail.
Once you sift your words, you can 50 common words from your text, view google images, visual thesaurus, and words used within sentences from the entered text.
This site was created to help all teachers become effective teacher of vocabulary! Check it out. Would love to hear if you try it in your classroom. Click here for a video tour.