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All About Alliteration: Responding to Literature Through a Poetry Link

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Grades 3 – 5
Lesson Plan Type Standard Lesson
Estimated Time Two 60-minute sessions
Lesson Author

Lisa Cranston

Lisa Cranston

Comber, Ontario


International Literacy Association


Materials and Technology

Student Interactives






  • A My Name Is... by Alice Lyne (Scholastic, 1997)

  • Atlases, cookbooks, catalogues, and baby name and alphabet books

  • Writing folders

  • Paper and writing and drawing tools

  • Chart paper

  • Overhead projector and transparencies

  • LCD Display monitor (optional)

  • Computers with Internet access

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Acrostic Poems

Grades   K – 12  |  Student Interactive  |  Writing Poetry

Acrostic Poems

This online tool enables students to learn about and write acrostic poems. Elements of the writing process are also included.


Diamante Poems

Grades   K – 12  |  Student Interactive  |  Writing Poetry

Diamante Poems

This online tool enables students to learn about and write diamante poems.


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1. Obtain a copy of A My Name Is... by Alice Lyne. You can also use My Name Is Alice by Jane Bayer (Puffin Books, 1987).

2. Gather an assortment of cookbooks, atlases, catalogues, baby name books, and alphabet books. Put at least one of each type of book into a bin; you will need one bin per table. If your students are not sitting in groups, have them move their desks so that they are sitting in groups of four to six for this activity.

3. Visit the websites listed in the Alliteration Resources section to prepare to discuss alliteration with your students. All three sites provide definitions and examples you can use with your class; Module 3: Concept Classification and Mrs. Dowling's Literature Terms: Alliteration both include quizzes that you may choose to use with your students, either by copying them onto chart paper or by using a LCD display monitor.

4. If you have classroom computers with Internet access, bookmark the websites listed in the Vocabulary Resources section. If not, you may want to conduct Session 1 in your school's computer lab and will need to reserve time there as appropriate (you will also need to bring the bins of print resources you have found along).

5. Make a transparency of the Alliteration Brainstorming sheet or copy it onto a piece of chart paper. Make one copy of the sheet for each student.

6. Make a copy of the Task Observation Chart for each student and fill in student names; you will use these to take notes during class.

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