Art forms are a kind of language because they tend to be expressive. Art tends to tell a story just like language does. I believe the picto-spelling is the best mode for “playing with language”. Many students remember material by writing it down, if you draw out the new concept like the picto-spelling drawings in the book, you are very likely to remember that drawing. My preferred way to learn a new language is to treat it like a spelling bee. I like to hear the word, spell it out, use it in a sentence, and I like to search the word on google and see how its used in context. One of the ideas that come to mind when thinking of ways to adapt an art-form to teach literacy is to, instead of just have the students spell out words for their spelling tests, have them get creative with it. Still, spell the word out but draw a picture of the word or use it in a sentence in a poem.