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Headline: Practice: Engaging the Intelligences

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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.

  • Read a piece with different emotional tones or viewpoints — one angry, one happy, etc.

  • Trade tall tales, attend story-telling events and workshops.

  • Explore and develop the love of words, i.e., meanings of words, origin of words and idioms, names. Research your name.


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, 1991.

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.


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