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Prewriting Organizing Your Details

After you’ve chosen a topic and done a little research, you will want to make a list or a graphic organizer that covers each step in the process. Here’s what a list and a time line might look like for how the alphabet developed:

Numbered List

1. Egyptians used hieroglyphics, a picture language.

2. Hieroglyphics became hieratic and demotic writing.

3. Mesopotamians used cuneiform on clay.

4. These alphabets led to Phoenician.

5. Phoenician inspired Greek and Roman alphabets.

6. Latin letters replaced runes in Old English.

Time Line

3000 B.C. Hieroglyphics in Egypt; cuneiform in Mesopotamia

1800 B.C. Proto-Sinaitic inscriptions in Canaan

1000 B.C. Phoenician alphabet

900 B.C. Greek alphabet from Phoenician; first vowels

700 B.C. Latin alphabet from Greek and Egyptian

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