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Linguistic Intelligence or Word Smart

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Linguistic Intelligence or Word Smart
If you like words and language and are a good listener,
If you like to read, to spell, to tell stories, and to tell jokes,  
If you like to journal, to listen to audiobooks, and to talk about books
You are word smart.
People who are word smart love language. They may be a strong speller. They may love to read. They may love to write. They may be a good storyteller. Someone who is word smart might not necessarily be able to read really fast or spell really well but he/she can spin a really good story. There are many different ways to be word smart and someone who is word smart won't necessarily be good in every aspect of this intelligence.
Kids who are word smart might grow up to be writers, journalists, comedians, politicians, speechwriters, teachers, librarians, proofreaders, publicist/public relations specialists, radio or television announcers, and storytellers.
Programming for Word Smart Learners
In schools and in libraries creating programs for word smart learners is probably the easiest to do because it is the intelligence that is used the most to teach kids information. The trick is to take an activity that is geared for kids who are word smart and to add some things to it that will also reach other learners.
Here is a list of potential program ideas
  • Tell a joke (humor reaches everyone not just the word smart kids and humor is very important for boys)
  • Do a skit or puppet show or reader's theater (if you have kids join you in the skit that allows them to be a part of the story, to personalize it , and to move around)
  • Teach kids how to be storytellers
  • Tell a story (reading a story is great but telling a story to kids, especially telling a story that you really love and connect with, will keep them spellbound)
  • Read a story
  • Talk to kids about the meaning of a book (discussions after folktales can be very interesting. A lot of kids will ask what it means and if the story is true.)
  • Invite guests to read their favorite story
  • Bring in people who can read a story in a different language and then talk to the kids about it
  • Tell a Kamishibai story (This is a Japanese storytelling technique that includes a wooden stage and paper story cards.)
  • Incorporate poetry or finger play/action rhymes into the program
  • Randomly stop your program and yell, "Poetry Break!" and read a favorite poem.
  • Booktalk
  • Do a creative writing activity or workshop
  • Do a workshop about journaling (if the kids make their journals, that's a body smart activity. If they write in them, that's a self smart activity.)
  • Do a book discussion
  • Incorporate word games into a program
Storytelling Resources for Interactive Storytelling: a Few of Amy's Favorites

August House is a publisher of storytelling books and audiobooks.

Margaret Read MacDonald's books (too many to count but one of my favorites is...Shake-It-Up Tales: Stories to Sing, Dance, Drum, and Act Out)

Pleasant DeSpain books

ALA: Storytelling Resources 

Storytime Stretchers: Tongue Twisters, Choruses, Games, and Charades by Naomi Baltuck. 2007.

Stories in Action: Interactive Tales and Learning Activities to Promote Early Literacy by Bill Gordh. 2006.



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