People who are strong in the language
intelligence enjoy saying, hearing, and seeing words. They like
telling stories. They are motivated by books, records, dramas,
opportunities for writing.
Here are ways to work with this intelligence
in your lessons:
- Look at different kinds of dictionaries.
- Read plays and poetry out loud.
- Write a story for a book or newsletter.
- Keep a journal.
- Read from books written by or for new readers.
- Use a tape recorder to tape stories and
write them down.
- Read together, i.e., choral reading.
- Read out loud to each other.
- Read a section, then explain what you've
- Read a piece with different emotional tones
or viewpoints one angry, one happy, etc.
- Trade tall tales, attend story-telling events
- Explore and develop the love of words, i.e.,
meanings of words, origin of words and idioms, names. Research
BALIT. The Drum: Writings by Literacy Students
of the Bay Area. Sacramento, California: California State
Library Foundation, 1990.
Coleman, Audrey. Working in California.
Sacramento, California: California State Library Foundation,
Lederer, Richard. The Play of Words.
New York: Pocket Books, 1990
Series: New Writers' Voices. New York:
Literacy Volunteers of New York.
Voices. New Writers for New Readers.
Surrey, B.C., Canada: Voices, 1990.
Words on the Page, The World in
Your Hands, Books 1-3. New York: Harper & Row, 1989.
Engaging the Intelligences