5 Quick Ways To Incorporate Alliteration Into Your Language Lessons
“Tempted to type meaningless twaddle all the time on Twitter…with alliteration, no less!”- E.A. Bucchianeri
I love alliteration! I love how the words roll off the tip of my tongue. In fact, just saying the word is fun: al-LIT-eration, AL-literation, alliter-A-tion, Allitera-TION. Children love alliteration too. They love tongue twisters. (To me, tongue twisters are alliteration on steroids. 🙂 )
Alliteration is an essential literary element for any age. (we’ll discover all the literary elements in later posts) Little children enjoy tongue twisters such as Peter Piper Picked a Peck of Pickled Peppers… (Tongue twisters are a great way to introduce beginning sounds, initial consonants, to beginning readers, but they also illustrate alliteration.) Have fun with the following ideas and resources and try not to get your tongue tied. 🙂
What is the purpose of alliteration?
Alliteration is a literary device that uses the repetition of the sounds, usually the beginning sounds, of words. Tongue twisters use alliteration, as does a phrase like “wide and wonderful world.” Alliteration creates a mood and shows how an author wants to emphasize certain words and concepts.- k12reader.com
Example: When I see birches bend from left and right… / I like to think some boy’s been swinging them. (1,3)
Analysis: The repetition of the b sound in lines one and three emphasize both the dominant image and the dominant theme of the poem. Frost chooses the image of a bent birch tree to wax nostalgic on the wonders of youth. – brighthubeducation.com
Use these these tongue twisters to recognize alliteration. Print them. Use a highlighter pen to highlight the beginning sounds clearly showing alliteration. Click here to get tongue twisters: http://www.indianchild.com/tongue_twisters.htm
Create your own silly tongue twisters after reading several from the list above- children (and adults) of all ages enjoy doing this. Say them; then, write them.
Take a picture- create an alliteration caption like I did for this post. (See the caption that goes with the sunset photos.)
Click here for some really well done, free alliteration worksheets for grades 2nd- 8th: http://www.k12reader.com/subject/figurative-language-worksheets/alliteration/
Have your children search for alliteration in the newspaper headlines or in magazines. Create an alliteration collage by cutting them out and gluing them onto a larger paper. (This is good to do, because it links alliteration to reading the newspaper which is a life skill. It makes learning alliteration applicable to life.)
When I taught small children, they loved alliteration through tongue twisters, Dr. Seuss, and poetry. They enjoyed creating their own. Now, I teach a high school composition class, and alliteration is a wonderful tool to incorporate into their novels and essays.
Alliteration is an amazing literary device for every age.
How do you teach it? What works for you?
Have fanatic fun with my favorite literary device, alliteration.
This is a great resource for grades 6-8th to compose a poem using alliteration headlines: http://www.readwritethink.org/classroom-resources/lesson-plans/alliteration-headline-poems-81.html
Photo Credit: 1. My own 2. pinterest.com 3. pinterest.com 4. shopitoff.co.uk 5. pinterest.com
I never thought about teaching my grandboys tongue twisters but I will certainly start doing so!
The do enjoy the internal rhymes/alliteration in my Santa’s Izzy Elf story poems, so they will probably like tongue twisters, too!
Dorothea, Thank you for taking the time to leave a comment. I am sure they will love tongue twisters. It is fun to say them slow together; then, get faster and faster until your tongue is all tangled. 🙂 Let me know how they like them. 🙂
such a good point about tongue twisters helping young children identify the letter sounds.
Susen, Hi there. 🙂 Thanks for taking the time to comment. Yes, there are books that have a tongue twister for each letter of the alphabet. It truly is an awesome way to reinforce beginning sounds. Plus, it’s fun. 🙂
Well, we love alliteration here. All you have to do is look at my daughter’s first book title, “The Perpetual Papers of the Pack of Pets” to know she is a fan! These are great activities. StanleyNKatrina are now following you on Twitter. Thanks for linking in to the #KidLitBlogHop!
Christine, Thank you for taking the time to comment and following on Twitter. 🙂 I will check out the book you referenced, because you know I love alliteration. Great title. 🙂 Also, the cat and dog are adorable. So glad to have connected with you.
Thanks for this fun post! My young kids certainly love hearing alliteration and I love using it in my own writing. Your suggestions for activities are great–especially love the picture caption idea.
Liz, I am glad this post was helpful to you. I’ve found that kids enjoy writing alliteration. It’s a sneaky way to get them writing. 🙂 I hope your kids will have fun with creating alliteration captions for photos. Thanks for taking the time to comment. 🙂
I think kids love learning about word tricks and word plays like alliteration. I love how you linked this concept to books! Thanks for sharing at the Kid Lit Blog Hop!
Hi Mia, Thank you for taking the time to comment. As you can tell from the article, I love alliteration. It doesn’t surprise me that your kids do too. 🙂 Most kids do love working with words. 🙂 Have a wonderful day. 🙂
Great post! Alliteration is one of the things that makes poetry fun for children- I love your ideas for activities!
Amelie, Thank you so much. As you can tell from the post, I think alliteration is fun. Glad you enjoyed the activity ideas. Thanks for taking the time to comment. 🙂
I find my kids love learning words like alliteration! Great post! Thanks for sharing it at Booknificent Thursday this week!
Thank you. I just love tongue twisters and playing with sounds; thus, alliteration is fun for me. 🙂
Thanks for taking the time to comment.