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Book Dr. Kathy

Word Smart

Linguistic Intelligence

When using the word-smart part of the brain, we think with words. If we’re particularly smart in this area, we can argue, persuade, entertain, and/or instruct effectively through the spoken word. We tend to be masters of literacy: we read a lot, write clearly, listen intently, and/or speak well.

Linguistic IntelligenceWord-smart people enjoy:
Reading, writing, telling stories, talking about our day, variety of books, variety of paper and many things to write with, tape recorders, information, learning, school, …

If it’s a strength or we want to strengthen it, we need:
Lots of books, including dictionaries and thesauruses; variety of reading materials, like newspapers and magazines; lots of things to write with and lots of things to write on; people to listen so they can interact and engage in meaningful discussions; instruction in reading, writing, communicating clearly when speaking, and listening, …

Suggestion for teaching and learning:
Read out loud, be expressive, listen to someone read, discuss, debate, vocabulary drills, retype/recopy notes, read related books, lecture, play at word games, storytelling, choral reading, journal writing, book reports, book commercials, library research, give verbal directions, …

Healthy/Positive uses:
Compliment, build up, encourage, teach, listen intently, write letters to the newspaper editor to express views, write soldiers overseas, proofreader, tutor someone, use positive self talk to stay in control, …

Unhealthy/Negative uses:
Gossip, tease, name call, criticize, want to have the last word, impress with words and knowledge, class clown, never listens, manipulates with words, …


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