Linguistic Celebrity Profiles
Here's a list of people who used words to make a name for themselves. These writers and orators also lived with a disability. Their unique combination of intelligences -- strengths as well as weaknesses -- made them such successful people.
Legendary British mystery writer. She was learning disabled.
Great Greek orator. He had a speech impediment.
Edgar Allan Poe
American macabre poet and short-story writer. He was emotionally disturbed.
18th-century British poet and satirist. He had a spinal curvature and never grew taller than 4' 6".
Poet and author of The Jungle Book. He was the first English author to win the Nobel Prize in Literature. He was also sight-impaired.
Contemporary American author of the The Cider House Rules and The World According to Garp. He is dyslexic.
What do your kids think?
Ask your kids if they can think of any famous people who have high linguistic intelligence. Start them off with a few familiar names:
Brought to you by the Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development (ASCD)
Source: Multiple Intelligences in the Classroom by Thomas Armstrong (ASCD 1994)