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Lesson Plan #: AELP-WCP0052
Submitted by: Allison Judge
Email: ajjudge@gte.net
School/University/Affiliation: Dunedin High School, Dunedin, FL
Date: March 16, 1999

Grade Level(s): 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12


  • Language Arts/Writing (composition)

Duration: One month, or one semester. Teacher choice.

Description: Students write a 26-page alphabetical autobiography, in the format of an elementary school alphabet book. A is for Alabama. I was born in Alabama, and . . .

Goals: Encourage writing and expression on real topics of interest; Hone editing, grammar, and writing skills.

Objectives: Students will be able to write vivid descriptions of events/places/people of importance. Students will be able to edit their own/others’ work.


  • paper
  • pencils, etc and bookbinding materials – can be as simple as card stock and prongs

Procedure: Students brainstorm 78 possible topics (3 for each letter of the alphabet) which could be developed into 2 paragraph informal essays. Writing takes place over several weeks – prevents boredom and allows students time to edit and rethink ideas. When rough copies have been edited by students or teacher (only if it’s a personal subject they don’t want to share) then final copies are made. When all 26 pages are complete, books are bound – either by student choice of binding materials, or by teacher-provided materials. I gather card stock and have students decorate/illustrate. Then we three hole punch, put in some brass prongs, and it’s done! Assessment: Graded primarily on completeness. Drafts have been spot-checked, so no major grammatical errors are an issue. I never mark on the books – I think they make nice keepsakes and I don’t want to mar them. I also require that parents or guardians read them, and write a note to the student after. It has been a fabulous project, and has had great results, both with gifted students and low-level classes.