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Verbal-Linguistic Intelligence

Linguistic intelligence or "The Word Player" think in language, mental representation of a world of sounds and words. Besides mathematical/logical intelligence this is the type that is most favored in schools. However, society depends on many other intelligence besides these two. Linguistic intelligence allows people to communicate through language. It is the ability to use language to express spoken and written meanings, to read and write.

Characteristics include:

These people may find careers as a poet, teacher, actor, politician, journalist, editor, and salesperson.

Famous People:

Students may find that they enjoy activities that include the spoken word, by reading, poetry, writing one's own thoughts and ideas, journals, debates, speaking, humor, speaking and storytelling. Programs they would enjoy include word processing, tape recorders, label-makers, printing sets and word game programs.

Here are some ideas for activating this intelligence:

Click on a Link for FUN Instructional Applications for the Classroom is an educational Web site, designed for teachers, librarians, and students, explores the use of storytelling in the classroom to enhance speaking, listening, reading and writing skills. is the The Kids' Storytelling Club. This month’s Storytelling Project: telling, offers lesson plan for introducing the works of the poet in the classroom. suggests questions, lesson plans, and tips on teaching Bryant in the classroom.

at checkout students from the Alternative Shakespeare course at the University of Sheffield teach MacBeth to local school children in this media journal.