The Untold Story of the Alphabet


The Untold Story of the Alphabet is a study guide to help children and adults with English as a second language, as well as educators who work with them. This book can be used with students from Grade 2 and upward. Chloe and other teachers she has worked with have used the information presented in this book and they can attest that it works!

Explore the wonderful world of words. Discover how well you will read, write, and speak with the help from this guidebook.


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Chloe Jon Paul

The Untold Story of the Alphabet

The Untold Story of the Alphabet is the culmination of years of experience as a classroom teacher and more frequently as a volunteer working with elementary school students with English as a second language. I have used the information presented in this book so I know that it works! This book can be used with student from Grade 2 and upward. It can be a wonderful resource tool for teachers as well. The teacher that I work with can attest to that!

Chapter Descriptions

Introduction: The reader is introduced to a comparison of how the English language is made up compared to the Chinese, Arabic, and Hebrew languages.Then the reader is asked 8 questions.
The Big Five: The reader discovers the 5 most important letters of the alphabet and how they can be tricky! They will also learn the b-g trick.
How English Came to Be: The reader will learn how change in language came about when people began moving from where they lived. This chapter explores how German tribes, Vikings, Normans and even Native Americans contributed to the language we use today.
Did You Know? This chapter talks about some special letters of the alphabet.• The letter that doesn’t have a sound of its own• The letter that takes a rest and lets his friends do the work for him.• The letter that can be “soft and cuddly” or strong and hard!• The huf-huf letter that sometimes keeps quiet.• The letter that won’t go anywhere without his best buddy!• The Big Mouth letter• The letter that needs a little help from its friend E.• The letter that can sound like a consonant or a vowel!
A Team of Two: This chapter explores consonant blends
Build a Word: The reader is given the opportunity to use vowels and vowel digraphs to build words.
Combo Mambo: The reader will discover how teaming each vowel with some consonants to make a sound Ex: -ack,-eck,-ick,-ock,-uck
More About Vowels: The reader will learn about vowels that stand together:Which one does the talking and which one just does the walking? Which vowel sometimes does not want to say its alphabet name? How about the “ boo” sound? How about the “piggy”sound”
The vowel that like to play tricks on the reader and the consonant combo that like to keep quiet.
The Bul-Dul-Tul Family: The reader will learn how words borrowed from other languages spoken in countries like France, Spain, and Italy look one way and sound another way!
More Tricky Stuff! : The reader will take a look at some words that have that sound but have different spellings. For the oo sound can have 7 different spellings!
What You See is NOT What You Hear! How about words ending in -tion? You see -tion but you hear -shun. For example: See nation Say/hear na-shun.
Same But Different? The reader will learn that there are words spelled the same way but have different meanings and pronunciations: an introduction to heteronyms.
Bare or Bear? Now the reader will look at a group of words that sound the same but look different when written: an introduction to homonyms.
Take Another Look! The reader will look at the expanded alphabet to see ALL the letters and letter sounds we can make when we talk, read, and write.
Letter a expanded = ai, ea, ay, ei