Wednesday, March 11, 2009

Alphabet Book of the Middle Ages

One of my goals for my children is to help them be comfortable with writing and to enjoy writing. So, we do a wide variety of writing projects in our unit studies. Alphabet books are a great writing project for almost any topic and age of child. For inspiration, check out some of the alphabet books at your local library. Here are a few suggestions of some unique alphabet books that should get kids excited about creating their own:
  • The Beetle Alphabet Book by Jerry Pallotta and David Biedrzycki

  • The Underwater Alphabet Book by Jerry Palotta

  • The Spice Alphabet Book by Jerry Palotta

  • The Frog Alphabet Book by Jerry Palotta

  • The Desert Alphabet Book by Jerry Palotta.

Alphabet books are great writing projects for children for many reasons. First, the structure of the alphabet book gives the child an automatic organizational structure for his or her book. Secondly, an alphabet book can be completed in little steps - a page or two a day over the course of a unit study will result in a completed book over time. Third, an alphabet book encourages research on the part of the child. Many times I noticed my daughter looking through the basket of books about the Middle Ages looking for a word that would fit in with the letter that she needed. Fourth, an alphabet book project encourages creative expression.

If you are working with multiple ages, the alphabet book project is easily adaptable to various ages. The length of the entry for each letter can easily be made age-appropriate. My 6th grade daughter wrote several sentences for each letter in her Middle Ages alphabet book, a first grader might only identify the picture on his or her alphabet page. An older student could write a paragraph or more about each letter's word.

You can view the entire alphabet book from A to Z on Photobucket that my 6th grade daughter completed as part of our Middle Ages unit study.


amida said...

We love Jerry Pallotta! My kids make alphabet books too. They are so fun to do and a great way to sneak in some research and writing. We usually have a theme that they first research and then after they've come up with a subject, they write a blurb for every letter -- very similar to the Pallotta books. They especially like doing the pages with a joke or some other unexpected humor. Here's one we did a couple of years back if you're interested -- weapons abc!

Samvach said...

Thank you so much for your comment! It's always so exciting to see that somebody has commented on my blog! I will be sure to check out the alphabet book that your children did on your blog. I always really enjoy seeing the writing projects that other children have done.

Kathy_in_Colorado said...

She did a great job on the book! This is a fun idea - thanks so much for sharing it

Kris said...

We've been working on our alphabet book for the last several weeks after you submitted this post for the Homeschool Showcase.

I wish I'd looked at *all* of your dd's pages before we started ours. Wow! She did a great job! We looked through the pages to get some ideas for the letters we were having a hard time with and were really impressed with the things she came up with. We are totally, blatantly stealing - I mean borrowing - her ideas for e, i, x, y, and z.

I'll give you both credit on my blog. ;-)

Thanks, again, for sharing this fabulous idea! We'll be using it for many more projects. It's so versatile, both in subject matter and skill level.

Samvach said...

Dear Kris,
Thank you so much for your comment! I can't begin to tell you how much those kinds of comments encourage my daughter to do her best on her writing projects. Thank you for taking the time to comment and I'm so glad that our post was helpful to you!!!