Honors Theses

Date of Award

Spring 5-12-2023

Document Type

Undergraduate Thesis



First Advisor

Rosemary Oliphant-Ingham

Second Advisor

Kathryn McKee

Third Advisor

Amber Carpenter-McCullough

Relational Format



The goal of this thesis is to examine the role of alphabet books within the secondary classroom through the lens of research potential, development of cultural awareness, and the educational benefits for the secondary learner as well as three different types of alphabet books varying from least to most complex. The literature review supporting this thesis is broken into five sections: what are alphabet books, a closer look at three examples, the research potential in alphabet books, developing cultural awareness and empathy, and educational benefits (which includes subsections for skills developed). Following the literature review is the text of an alphabet book about the American South. It is an example of an alphabet written specifically for secondary readers with the goal of expanding cultural understanding and empathy. Each letter of the alphabet has three different connections: one to a musician, one to a city, and one to a cultural item. The final section is a reflection over the research and writing process.

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