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What's Your Style?

Amanda Yates
Polk County Schools


Students learn about the 7 multiple intelligences and take an inventory to discover their intelligence learning styles. Students then brainstorm to create activities that utilize their intelligences.


The student selects and uses appropriate pre-writing strategies, such as brainstorming, graphic organizers, and outlines.


-Copies for each student of the abbreviated Multiple Intelligences Inventory (see the associated file)
-Gardner's Multiple Intelligences notes (see associated file)
-Overhead transparency/overhead or board


1. Print out the rubric and the student inventory from the associated file and make copies for each student.
2. Make sure you have overhead transparencies or a board to use to give notes about the 7 Multiple Intelligences.
3. Go the Website and print out the information on the 7 Multiple Intelligences, to use in step 2 (you will find this information in the link to Gardner's Theory of Multiple Intelligences).


1. Give the students the Multiple Intelligences Inventory (find this in the associated file).

2. Tell the students to follow the directions on the inventory.

3. Observe students and then help them tally their results.

4. Tell the students to write down their results because you are going to explain what the results mean.

5. Introduce students to the 7 Multiple Intelligences. Use the information you printed out from the Website (See Weblinks section).

6. Give examples of the different styles of teaching for each learning style.
Example: If your learning style is Verbal/Linguistic, you would probably learn definitions best by listening to them repeated on a tape.

7. Have the students get into groups, based upon their learning style (all the Kinesthetic students in one group, etc.)

8. Now, tell the students that their job is to think (brainstorm) about and come up with an activity that could be used for teaching their learning style. They need to list the name of the activity and the steps to follow to conduct the activity. Give them a specific subject to write the activity for (example: addition). Give them the example of using candies to work addition problems. Explain to them that that would be using the kinesthetic intelligence because they would be using their hands and sense of touch.

9. Walk around the room and help students as they work.

10. Collect. Use the rubric in the attachment files to check students'

11. Give positive/corrective feedback and a chance for students to redo the assignment until mastery is obtained. Check to make sure that students' acitivities line up with the subject that they are going to teach.


Score the students' inventories and give a verbal summary to the students about their personal multiple intelligences. Assess students as they brainstorm activities that could be used with the lesson plans for the 7 mulitple intelligences by using the rubric (located in the associated files).


1. Students can brainstorm and write an activity for a different learning style.
2. Students can share the activity they create with the class.
3. For ESOL/ESE students, the students could discuss a learning style each week and then participate in an activity that uses that learning style.
4. If you wanted to use this lesson in more of an "artsy" way, you could have students develop lesson plans as an extension.

Web Links

This gives descriptions of Howard Gardner's 7 theories of Multiple Intelligences.
Gardner's Theories of Multiple Intelligences

Attached Files

File contains the abbreviated Student Inventory and Rubric.     File Extension: pdf

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