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Promoting Cultural Values Through Alphabet Books

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Grades 3 – 5
Lesson Plan Type Minilesson
Estimated Time Ten 20- to 30-minute sessions over three weeks
Lesson Author

Glasceta Honeyghan, Ed.D.

Sunrise, Florida


International Literacy Association


Materials and Technology

Student Interactives

Mobile Apps





  • D is for Doufu: An Alphabet Book of Chinese Culture by Maywan Shen Krach (Shen's Books, 2000)

  • Paper and art supplies

  • Binding machine (or other items for binding pages)

  • Computers with Internet access and printer

  • Cultural Alphabet Booklist

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Alphabet Organizer

Grades   K – 12  |  Student Interactive  |  Organizing & Summarizing

Alphabet Organizer

Students use this online tool to create an alphabet chart or pages for an alphabet book.


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Alphabet Organizer

Grades   K – 5  |  Mobile App  |  Organizing & Summarizing

Alphabet Organizer

The Alphabet Organizer lets users create a calendar-style ABC chart or letter pages for an alphabet book.


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1. Read D Is for Doufu: An Alphabet Book of Chinese Culture or any book of your choice from the Cultural Alphabet Booklist. (If you choose a different book, simply modify the discussion of Chinese culture in the Tapping Prior Knowledge sessions to a discussion of your chosen culture.) D is for Doufu introduces readers to Chinese culture, beliefs, and legends by exploring the meanings of 23 Chinese words and phrases while providing an interesting historical and cultural background. Each phrase is introduced by a written image, an explanation of the spoken Mandarin language, and a picture representing the concept.

2. Obtain a few alphabet books from the suggested Cultural Alphabet Booklist. Choose books that represent your students' heritages as well as other cultures that students have expressed interest in.

3. Review the Cultural Alphabet Book Assignment Sheet and Interview Worksheet and customize as necessary for your class. Make copies of these handouts for each student. When planning the unit, remember that many of the steps can be done simultaneously. For example, one small group of students can be using reference books or the computer to find images while another group is working on illustrating their books.

4. Choose a medium for the final product. All groups will create an alphabet book about their selected culture, but it is up to you (or them if you'd like to give students that freedom) to choose whether it will be a traditional print book, a website, a multimedia presentation, a poem, a play-the possibilities are endless! Make arrangements in the computer lab or art room and obtain materials as necessary. For the purposes of this lesson, the final project is to be a traditionally bound print book.

5. Reserve time in the library for research. Coordinate with the librarian who can suggest good cultural resources and multicultural books that students may find helpful.

6. Decide what elements should be included in the final Diversity Celebration. It may be a simple class party or could include families and community members in your school's gym or cafeteria, complete with cultural food, decorations, and traditional dances. Prepare a letter to parents accordingly, soliciting any needed volunteers. Print enough copies for each member of your class and send it home a few weeks in advance. Make celebration arrangements as needed.

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