Alliteration is a fun tool to use to get your children to write. In a nut shell alliteration can be used two ways:
- Using the same letter to begin as many words in a sentence as possible. Peter Piper picked a peck of pickled peppers.
- Using the same tonal sound repeatedly in a sentence, even if that sound is in the middle of words. Do a ditty, ditty dum ditty do (name the song that chorus is in!) The D and T sounds are similar creating an alliterative effect.
The easiest way to introduce alliteration is to read tongue twisters. These are always fun for everyone to try to say!
To write alliteration, have the child use the first letter of their name and write a silly sentence about themselves using the first example of alliteration.
You could also have them write sentences about themselves using every letter in their name (like an acrostic poem).
Laura loves leaves.
Autumn is almost always her favorite,
Until the umbrella weather undoes her plans.
Rainbows return to rally her to rambunctiously run and roll.
Another awesome autumn day has ended.
With more practice you can use alliteration to describe a day or event that happened, create fun little songs to sing, or even try to talk in alliteration all during lunch!
Here is a good site about the basics of alliteration and using it in poetry.
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