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All About Alliteration: Responding to Literature Through a Poetry Link
|Grades||3 – 5|
|Lesson Plan Type||Standard Lesson|
|Estimated Time||Two 60-minute sessions|
Poetry offers many opportunities for word play and learning about language. But because poetry can seem inaccessible, many students approach poetry writing with trepidation. This lesson for third- and fourth-grade students is designed to overcome student fears by using a traditional poem to teach students about alliteration. After reading the book A My Name Is... by Alice Lyne, students use a variety of print and online resources to brainstorm their own alliterative word lists. They then create a poetry link that uses the traditional poem they have read together as a framework for their own poems.
- Alliteration Brainstorming sheet: This useful handout will get your students brainstorming about words starting with the same letter, which will then serve as the basis for the poem they write.
- A My Name Is... by Alice Lyne (Scholastic, 1997): Your students will enjoy this well-illustrated jump-rope rhyme built on letters of the alphabet.
Certo, J.L. (2004). Cold plums and the old men in the water: Let children read and write "great" poetry. The Reading Teacher, 58(3), 266–271.
- A poetry link is a "writing suggestion, statement, or assignment that stems from an original text." Poetry links should be open-ended and should connect to your students' world.
- To make poetry links different from traditional writing prompts, class time should be dedicated to helping students brainstorm their own ideas for writing by looking closely at a specific text.
- When creating poetry links, teachers can also use concepts such as alliteration.