In one of the aforementioned in-service training sessions on literacy for secondary teachers, a participant in the ‘un-workshop’ at Knox Academy leapt up and fiddled with Google until he located the following resource, Ladle Rat Rotten Hut.

This curious version of a well known story ‘was written in 1940 by a professor of French named H. L. Chace, who wanted to show his students that intonation – that is, the melody of a language – is an integral part of its meaning. The words here are all common English words, but not the ones you’d expect’.

It illustrates rather well the centrality of context, meaning and prior knowledge and understanding that forms part of what it is to be a literate person.
Have a listen.
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