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A-Z: Learning About the Alphabet Book Genre

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Grades K – 2
Lesson Plan Type Unit
Estimated Time Seven 20- to 30-minute sessions, at minimum
Lesson Author

Bethany L.W. Hankinson

Walhonding, Ohio


International Literacy Association



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This lesson exposes second-grade students to a variety of alphabet books to increase their knowledge and understanding of the genre. Students are involved in an interactive read-aloud of A My Name is Alice by Jane Bayers, during which they identify and examine the characteristics of alphabet books. Students then engage in shared writing to create a class alphabet book. After completing the class book, they work in small groups using technology to write their own alphabet books. These books are later shared with an audience, giving an authentic purpose to the writing experience.

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Alphabet Organizer: This interactive tool allows students to inputa selected word and sentence for each letter of the alphabet.

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Olness, R. (2005). Teaching writing and genre literature. In Using literature to enhance writing instruction: A guide for K5 teachers (pp. 1034). Newark, DE: International Reading Association.

  • Shared writing provides students with a model for their own guided and independent writing.

  • Writing pattern books is an effective and nonthreatening way to have students create shared stories.

  • Adapting the style of established authors appears to be a significant stage in a child's writing development.

  • Alphabet books provide the means to learn: letters and sounds, visual literacy, phonemic awareness, organizational skills, sequencing skills, identification and labeling of objects, content area information, and themes.


Chaney, J.H. (1993). Alphabet books: Resources for learning. The Reading Teacher, 47(2), 96104.

Alphabet books meet a wide range of students' needs, ages, abilities, and circumstances. They not only provide emergent readers with opportunities for oral and written language development, but also allow older students to experience a unique genre of books. Alphabet books can be used to introduce or provide an overview of a topic, to research a topic, or to foster multicultural awareness.

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