"Eunoia is the shortest word in English containing all five vowels - and it means "beautiful thinking". It is also the title of Canadian poet Christian Bok's book of fiction in which each chapter uses only one vowel.
Mr Bok believes his book proves that each vowel has its own personality, and demonstrates the flexibility of the English language."
+ extracts from each chapter. (BBC)
"A Christmas related item for each letter of the alphabet." (instantdisplay.co.uk)
International Spelling Alphabet - Phonetic alphabet for international communication where it is sometimes important to provide correct information. (nationsonline.org)
is 'w' pronounced 'double u' rather than 'double v', and what is the
origin of this letter? "English uses the Latin alphabet of the Romans. However, this
had no letter suitable for representing the phoneme /w/ which was used
in Old English, though phonetically the sound represented by /v/ was
quite close. In the 7th century scribes wrote uu for /w/; later they
used the runic symbols known as wynn. European scribes had continued
to write uu, and this usage returned to England with the Norman Conquest
in 1066. Early printers sometimes used vv for lack of a w in their type.
The name double-u recalls the former identity of u and v, which is also
evident in a number of cognate words (flour/flower, guard/ward, suede/Swede,
etc.). (Oxford Companion to the English Language)
The Anti-Slavery Alphabet Primer
"1846, Hannah and Mary Townsend of the Philadelphia
Female Anti-Slavery Society wrote a primer
for the English alphabet. Staunch abolitionists,
they made it very clear to children what the continuation
of slavery in the United States meant..."
- a "poster that pictures comic-book superheroes from A to Z: Superman is S-shaped, Batman looks like B, etc.
Can You ID the ABCs of Superheroes?" Find the responses here. (comicsalliance.com)
US soldier gives four-year-old daughter 'waterboarding' over alphabet
"A soldier subjected his four-year-old daughter to waterboard-style torture when she failed to recite her alphabet, it has been claimed...
Waterboarding is a controversial torture technique used by the CIA to interrogate al Qaeda suspects at Guantanamo Bay, where water is poured over detainees so they think they are drowning. " (telegraph.co.uk)
Superhero Film Alphabet(stephenwildish.tumblr.com) "Stephen Wildish presents the latest in his A-Z series, this one featuring super heroes. Can you name them all?"(Neatorama)
The alphabet - interactive activities
"Listen to the alphabet and try to identify the letters through various activities like
matching exercises, fill in the blanks and put the letters in the right order (with animated pictures and sounds)" (worldofteacherfortin.perso.sfr.fr)
MISSING U - a lesson plan
"This EFL lesson plan is designed around a beautiful short film titled Missing U by Brooke Wagstaff.
Students practise pronunciation of letters, read text messages, watch a short film, read a poem, speak and write a short poem." Language level: Intermediate (B1) – Upper Intermediate (B2) Time: 90 minutes Activity: Pronunciation of letters, watching a short film, reading a poem, speaking and writing Topic: Pronunciation and love Language: Text message abbreviations Materials: Short film and poem (film-english.com)
PowerPoint Presentations :
Jeu pour travailler l’alphabet en 6e: WORDSHAKE (ppt) Créé par Dulce Araujo (Ac. Nancy-Metz)
'A APPLE PIE' BY KATE GREENAWAY - AN OLD FASHIONED ALPHABET BOOK (digital.library.upenn.edu)
'A was an Apple Pie' - a commentary with illustrations
"The poem goes through every letter of the alphabet, using a word beginning with the right letter to describe what each different character did
- B bit it, C cut it, D dealt it and so on." (lukefarookhi.blogspot.com)
The Alphabet of Slavery
The poem was published in "The Poetry of Slavery, an Anglo-American anthology," 1764 - 1865.
Each letter of the alphabet vividly depicts one aspect of slavery from, "A is an African torn from his home" to "Zealously labour to set the Slaves free"." (wn.com)
Daniel Radcliffe Raps Blackalicious' "Alphabet Aerobics"
"Jimmy challenges hip-hop lover Daniel Radcliffe to rap Blackalicious' tongue-twisting "Alphabet Aerobics." (YouTube) + LYRICS: "Artificial amateurs, aren't at all amazing
Analytically, I assault, animate things
Broken barriers bounded by the bomb beat
Buildings are broken, basically I'm bombarding..."
Alphabet Song(The Gashlycrumb Tinies) - Jesus
In A Sidecar : "a is for amy who fell down the stairs
b is for basil assaulted by bears
c is for clara who wasted away
d is for desmond thrown out of a sleigh
e is for ernest who choked on a peach
f is for fanny sucked dry by a leech..." Listen
to it! = Echoes of The Gashlycrumb Tinies (You Tube)
Unfortunate Alphabet - an animation - 32.9 Mo (milkandcookies.com)
"Synopsis: Children often learn the Alphabet by using key words
to remember the letters.
This version of the alphabet gives you some unfortunate
ways to remember the letters."
Lycette Bros. Illustrated Alphabet of Unfortunate Chance- 404 Kb (abc.net.au) "Out for a morning stroll, the ever polite Monsieur Maurice
contentedly and happily enters into scene after scene of an unfortunate
nature without whimper or protest...
We had the desire to make a piece that would take its inspiration from
18th century children's nursery rhymes - combining black humour with
quaint illustrative linework."
The story of how we got our alphabets
"From intricate and beautiful Egyptian hieroglyphs, to wedge-shaped cuneiform imprints from ancient Mesopotamia
- our ancestors developed many ways of recording their thoughts and information...
Dr James Clackson, senior lecturer in Classics at the University of Cambridge, explains about some of the people and places where writing was born." (BBC)
The alphabet of illiteracy
"This ELT lesson plan is designed around a short film commissioned by Project Literacy and the theme of literacy.
Students discuss problems related to illiteracy, practise vocabulary related to illiteracy, watch a short film, read a transcript, and watch and discuss a promotional video for a literacy campaign." Time: 90 minutes (film-english.com)