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Alliteration in Headline Poems

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Alliteration in Headline Poems

Grades 6 – 8
Lesson Plan Type Minilesson
Estimated Time Two 50-minute class sessions
Lesson Author

Michelle Kimbro

Oakwood, Illinois


National Council of Teachers of English


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Lisa Bowden

February 17, 2014

Love this idea! Would like to see an visual example to see what the finished product, if possible. Thank you! :)


Carmen Biggs

May 28, 2013

I loved engaging my students with this activity. They liked it!


Alan Loren

November 08, 2011

I absolutely love the concept of the "headline poem". In my own work I've found that asking students to extend themselves into areas that really spur on their creativity is a terrific way to engage them. Especially for a topic such as alliteration, which can be quite difficult to grasp for a student.

I am the chief editor of a poetry website called http://www.mywordwizard.com and we work closely with teachers in helping them engage their students in all sorts of creative ways. One of the most successful initiatives we have undertaken is actually publishing the work of all the students in a particular class, give them recognition by giving each of them their own page on which a particular poem is published. We invite them to comment on their fellow student's poems and give them recognition by awarding the class a special certificate in poetry.

We find that the slight ego gratification (after all, they are artists in training) goes a very long way in motivating them to acquaint themselves with the various poetic genres.



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