Submitted: April 24, 2001
easy way to get kids working through the writing process on the
very first day of school is to create their own class ABC book.
To introduce the assignment choral read various "tongue twisters"
and discuss the concept of alliteration. Read various ABC books
that demonstrate the concept of alliteration. Then divide up the
letters of the alphabet among the students. An easy way to make
this assignment is to use previously die-cut letters and have
each student draw one out of a large envelope. (Depending on the
size of your class, some students may need to do more than one
letter or more than one student may need to work on the same letter.)
Once letters have been assigned the next step is pre-writing.
Ask students to create a list of at least 10 words that start
with their assigned letter. They may use dictionaries if they
get stumped. After they have created a list of words to work with,
they must put them together to create an interesting sentence
or two that includes at least 5 words that begin with their assigned
letter. This is their rough draft.
Editing and revising takes place next. With a simple rubric, students
can edit each other's by answering questions such as, "Does
each sentence start with a capital and end with a period?,"
"Are all of the words spelled correctly?," and "Are
there at least 5 words that start with the assigned letter?"
You as the teacher may want to do a final edit before students
begin their final draft.
Finally, each student uses their die-cut letter to create a final
page with an illustration and their alliteration. Collect all
the pages together, add a title page, bind them together, and
share. Lower grade "buddies" or classes make good audiences.
Before letter assignments are made, it may also be helpful to
model this entire process together as a class, especially with