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Alliteration All Around

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Grades 3 – 5
Lesson Plan Type Standard Lesson
Estimated Time Five 45-minute sessions
Lesson Author

Rebecca Olien

Rebecca Olien

Ashland, Oregon


International Literacy Association



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In this lesson, students learn about alliteration from picture books by author–illustrator Pamela Duncan Edwards. Using the books' illustrations for inspiration, students write original alliterative sentences and share them with the class. As the lesson continues, students practice using alliteration to create acrostic poems, alphabet books, number books, and tongue twisters.

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Acrostic Poems: Students use this interactive tool to create alliterative acrostic poems.

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Johnson, D. (2002). Web watch: Poetry workshop. Reading Online, 6(3). Retrieved June 21, 2005, from http://www.readingonline.org/electronic/elec_index.asp?HREF=webwatch/poetry/index.html.

  • Students should be taught to appreciate the sound and imagery of language.

  • Learning is enhanced when students discover words, sounds, and rhythms in unique and creative ways.

  • Poetry should be included as an integral part of the language and literacy curriculum.

  • Internet sources enhance writing and word play.

  • Students should be engaged in a wide range of writing exploration.

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