'Alphabet crackers' photo (c) 2010, Joy - license: http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0/

This is a kind of combination “The Best…” list — it includes sites where beginning English Language Learners and other beginning readers can learn the alphabet, and it also contains some more “higher-level” resources to learn some stories behind the alphabet.

Here are my choices for The Best Sites For Learning About The Alphabet:

The Evolution Of The Alphabet is a a cool animation showing…how our alphabet evolved.

Our Alphabet: An Interactive History

The History Of Visual Communication

The story of how we got our alphabets is an audio slideshow from The BBC.

A Bloody Take On The Alphabet comes from Salon.

Refraction: The Alphabet is a bit of a strange video:

Refraction – The Alphabet from Jesse Zanzinger on Vimeo.

Here’s another pretty intriguing video representation:

The Alphabet 2 from n9ve on Vimeo.

David Deubelbeiss rightly recommends a huge list of alphabet resources at EFL Classroom 2.0.

Alphabetimals is a fun site where the alphabet is shown, and heard, through the names and pictures of animals. Thanks to Michelle Henry for the tip.

Alphablocks is a series of good games at the CBBC, especially this one.

Here’s an Alphabet Primer put out by an Anti-Slavery Society in 1846. Thanks to Michelle Henry for the tip.

Here’s a new game on the alphabet.

Z Is For Zebra — 90 Percent Of The Time is a fun chart analyzing ABC books. It’s from Five Thirty Eight.



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