The Language Tree

The Language Tree


5-page PDF download

A visual metaphor illustrating how our language skills are intertwined with reading and writing!

What are Philosophy of Teaching Downloads for?

Educators are empowered when they understand the philosophy behind what they teach. The more you understand, the better equipped you are to help your students. Each Philosophy of Teaching download helps educators understand the why of teaching, helping them to make better decisions regarding the how of teaching.

How do I use it?

The Language Tree shows educators all the necessary ingredients for any language arts program. It can serve as a guide for Intentional Copywork and Dictation practice, revealing how learning needs to happen below the surface, in skill training, and above the surface, in higher-level thinking skills.

This visual metaphor brings clarity in understanding, as it represents the entire language system, and the interrelationship between listening, speaking, reading, and writing! The tree pictures much that our brains manage when decoding (reading) and encoding (writing), both above and below the surface of the text.

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How will it help?

Educators are faced with a monumental task in helping students become successful readers and writers. It is a challenge to decide what to teach and why! The Language Tree illustrates the complexity of literacy, as well as the systems of language used when reading and writing.