Multiple Intelligence Theory and Young Adult Literature
June 10, 2005 7:26 AM Subscribe
I'm looking for suggestions for Young Adult literature (of all levels, from upper-elementary to adult-for-young-adults) that would appeal to the different "intelligences" of Gardner's theory
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Gardner claims there are seven (maybe eight, or more) intelligences: linguistic, logical-mathematical, musical, spatial, bodily-kinesthetic, interpersonal, and intrapersonal. I'm looking for examples of YA Lit that appeal to each of those, and possibly to the eighth, naturalist intelligence
There are lots of books, especially YA Lit, that appeal to interpersonal/intrapersonal because these hit on what educators tend to think of as "teen issues". I'm having a hard time finding some of the others.
I'm finding it hard to find any books that appeal to musical intelligence at all. In logical-mathematical I can think of some great mysteries that are big logic puzzles, but nothing else. In terms of spatial intelligence, there are probably some great graphic novels, but anything else? Linguistic intelligence also seems like it would be well covered, but I don't think it is, maybe because of the pressure to write for average reading levels in YA lit. And so on.
So if you know of any good YA lit that should really appeal to any of those groups, I'd be happy to hear about it.