The Language Tree

The Language Tree


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A visual metaphor for how our brains manage reading and writing!

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The Language Tree illustrates the complexity of text, as well as the systems of language used when reading and writing. This visual metaphor represents much that our brains manage when decoding (reading) and encoding (writing), both above and below the surface of text.

The Intentional Language Tree represents our Intentional Copywork and Dictation practice, and its role in any comprehensive language arts program. Intentional learning is a two-part practice:

  • Exercising reading and writing skills to a level of proficiency and automaticity
  • Consolidating those skills by engaging in reading, original writing, and editing