Review: Alphabet Book Template on Teachers Pay Teachers
The Alphabet Book Template is a free creative writing
assignment available for download on Teachers Pay Teachers. The activity is
intended for students in younger grades, but the introduction material includes
suggestions and applications for students in the intermediate grades as well. The
packet contains instructions and suggestions for using the book, three
different covers, and individual pages for each letter of the alphabet.
Alphabet books, or ABC books, are familiar things for young
readers, ubiquitous in classrooms and nurseries. This particular assignment
allows for each student to come up with the topic for his or her own alphabet
book, and each page includes space to illustrate the specific word or idea that
each letter represents.
One thing that is particularly intriguing in the
instructions is the part where the author suggests new approaches to the
alphabet book. Using a “standard" approach (a is for apple, b is for ball)
develops some creative writing skills to be sure, but depending on the
student’s skills and the curriculum, more advanced writers may benefit from a
new approach. New approaches mentioned include a letter representing an animal
whose sound begins with that letter (e.g. R is for lion, because lions roar); a
letter representing something that turns into something else beginning with
that letter (e.g. B is for caterpillar, because it will become a butterfly).
There is also a link to a website that has more ideas for alternative alphabet
The ABC book is well presented in this packet, the different
covers make a wide range of topics and structures possible, and the pages can
easily be photocopied and then drawn and written on by students. The new
approach it presents to a classic creative writing activity makes it a
worthwhile assignment for teachers of younger and intermediate writers.
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