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Since the dawn of recorded history, there have been roughly 6,000 languages devised by the human race and almost all of them have a visual or tactile form that coincides with an auditory form.  Thus, writing, in all its beauties, is an extension of human speech patterns.  In order for such visual forms to exist, the very basic sounds of speech must be differentiated via symbols.  Such symbols form the foundations for what we call alphabets (from the first two Ancient Greek letters, alpha and beta) and establish the systematic basis for what we call writing.  In this Wordcraft exercise, students were asked to develop their own alphabets based on some brief research and investigations into the history of alphabets and language.  Many developed creative ciphers for the Roman alphabet and several others chose to go even further and establish hard and soft vowel sounds that accompany basic speech pattern symbols (similar to the International Phonetic Alphabet’s construction).  Once these alphabets were established, the students were asked to write a message in their new alphabet system.  Finally, we traded messages (and alphabets) and got to work translating!  Below is a photo of everyone’s alphabet system and a close-up photo of one student’s message (click on the images to expand) and enjoy!  Takk!  Takk!  MG

Contributors include the following 7th and 8th grade PreUpper students:  Alex Comis, Ian Partain, Connor Samsky, Jackson Singleton, Paige Norris, Rosa Brown, Matt Haverland, Sawyer Bailey, Matthew Petty, C.J. Espinosa

Individual student message: Ian Partain (7th grade)

alphas

ian's alpha-text

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