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Alpha

Arsenault, Isabelle (Author/Illustrator)
Candlewick Press 2015. 56 pages
First published: 2015
ISBN: 9780763678524 (hardcover)
Original language: French
Dewey: 428
Book type: Non-Fiction

Text Elements:

point of view

Reading Range

 
Cycle
Elementary
Secondary
 
1
2
3
1
2
ELA
K
1
2
3
4
5
6
1
2
3
4
5
ESL
1
2
3
4
5
6
1
2
3
4
5
ESL Intensive & Enriched
5
6
1
2
3
4
5

Description:

“ALPHA,” “BRAVO,” “CHARLIE”: the unusual and evocative language of the Radiotelephony Spelling Alphabet (used by the military and emergency services for message clarity in radio communication), provides the theme for this illustrated alphabet book.

Spreads feature each word in a hand-lettered font, the first letter highlighted in colour: a sky blue “D” in DELTA, a gray “E” in ECHO and so on. Images in pencil and paint effects illustrate the words with a variety of objects and scenes. The letter M—“MIKE”—evokes the famous fighter, with a pair of boxing gloves hanging on a wall. “OSCAR” evokes the red carpet of an awards ceremony, with a figure posing in a flowing gown. “NOVEMBER” depicts autumn-fruit: an acorn. “ROMEO” is a ghostly face reflected in a dagger, referencing the fate of his beloved, and “JULIET” appears in a vial of poison.

Each spread offers the opportunity for conjecture and discussion. An afterword discusses the use and origin of this spelling alphabet.

  •  

    Brainstorm your prior knowledge about the alphabets used by the military or emergency services to communicate messages: Morse code, semaphore, international radiotelephony alphabet, etc.

  •  

    As you read, discuss how the illustrations are related to the word code.

  •  

    Practise using the alphabet code with a partner. Exchange coded words (Whisky, Oscar, Romeo, Delta, Sierra = WORDS) or messages with each other.

  •  

    Explore teacher-selected resources to learn who uses this alphabet and in what situations.

  •  

    Produce your own NATO-style alphabet code. Consider pronunciation and originality of the words you choose. Exchange encoded messages with a partner.

  •  

    Brainstorm your prior knowledge about the alphabets used by the military or emergency services to communicate messages: Morse code, semaphore, international radiotelephony alphabet, etc.

  •  

    As you read, discuss how the illustrations are related to the word code.

  •  

    Practise using the alphabet code with a partner. Exchange coded words (Whisky, Oscar, Romeo, Delta, Sierra = WORDS) or messages with each other.

  •  

    Explore teacher-selected resources to learn who uses this alphabet and in what situations.

  • To communicate appropriately
  • To use information
  • Personal and Career Planning
  • Science and Technology