I've been thinking about vocab, too. It seems Common Core (& all of my State Test Data) says that students know content-specific terms but don't understand "Tier 2" vocab. Words like "dissension" or "inequality" that aren't part of the content but help make the content make sense. I'm thinking of making something related to the Tier 2 words I use in class.
In response to your question: I've used strings and made my word walls into literal "webs" that connect related terms. The kids thought they looked cool, which means they looked at them! Win!
I love wordle and I also like tagxedo for word clouds
I like your "web" idea...I may have to steal it! :)
This is an issue that I, too, have been struggling with. Currently, my students are creating the word wall by writing a word, defining it, drawing an illustration to represent the word, and using it in a sentence. At least it gets the students invested in the word wall...
Please keep me posted on additional ideas you receive or come up with...
Government Religion Art/Architecture People(?) Economics Social
I like this acronym. In college, we called it "SPERM" for social, political, economic, religion, & military but I am certainly not going to do that or even switch it around to something similar because I KNOW it'll become sperm in no time (MERPS, PERMS, etc.) I like GRAPES! Fun!
It is basically like what was stated here asa well. I have heard it called SPRITE, PERSIA, and SPERM as well. I do grapes because I used to feed the students grapes or sprite when I introduced the topic. It is a pretty easy way to categorize different characteristics of a civilization. I think there is a poster set of this out there as well somewhere.
G - Geography features
R - Religion
A - Achievements
P - Political
E - Economic
S - Social Structures (Society)
Thank you so much for post and pic!