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Alphabetizing With Original Stories

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Grades K – 2
Lesson Plan Type Standard Lesson
Estimated Time Three 20- to 40-minute sessions
Lesson Author

Kelly Sheehan

Nashville, Tennessee


International Literacy Association



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This lesson challenges students to write original stories using alphabetical order. For students who are still developing a basic understanding of alphabetization, the entire class can write one story, beginning each page with a new letter. Challenge more advanced students to write their own stories or to compose the words in each sentence in alphabetical order. Students can illustrate their texts in class or at home with their families. Although this lesson was primarily written for a first- or second-grade class, modifications can be made to allow kindergarten students to have success with alphabetizing as well.

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Online Alphabet Organizer: Students will use this interactive tool to list words they can think of that begin with each alphabet letter.

Alphabet Organizer mobile app: Students use this mobile app to create alphabet pages using a tablet device.

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Rule, A.C. (2001). Alphabetizing with environmental print. The Reading Teacher, 54(6), 558562.

  • Alphabetizing is essential for students to be able to use reference materials such as dictionaries, encyclopedias, and telephone directories.

  • Alphabetizing is a skill that is typically confined to writing or worksheet activities.

  • Students enjoy alphabetizing environmental print word cards because the materials are colorful and meaningful to students.

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