#SOLSC: Alliteration

Source: Oxford Languages

LiteraryTerms.net goes a bit farther with its definition:

‘Alliteration is a useful poetic device in which certain sounds are repeated at the beginning of words in a sentence or phrase.

Why am I interested?




repeated sounds

How many types of alliteration can you name?

The most common form that folks recognize is sibilance.

Other forms of alliteration include

  • Consonance. …
  • Assonance. …
  • Fricative Alliteration. …
  • Plosive Alliteration. …
  • Dental Alliteration. …
  • Vocalic Alliteration. …
  • General Alliteration. Source Link

Let’s look at some examples. Can you identify all of these?

  • CC
  • Red Rover
  • LL, VV, KK
  • Paw Patrol
  • She sells seashells at the seashore.
  • Lois Lane

Do you recognize the alliteration above in both the phrases and the meanings!

Let’s check!

Did you find the 2 childhood items? The game and the characters?

Red Rover and Paw Patrol

Book Title?

Critical Comprehension

What about the Tongue Twister?

She sells seashells at the seashore.

Who is the character in a book/movie?

Lois Lane

Who are the authors of a book?

Vivian, Lester and Katie

What are some alliteration examples for kids? https://examples.yourdictionary.com/alliteration-examples-for-kids.html

How have you used alliteration? How does your word choice affect your writing? Where might you add alliteration?


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7 responses

  1. I remember a professor who spoke in terms of metaphoric language and included similes w/ metaphors. This simplifies discussion and moves the focus from device labeling. I love alliteration, but as w/ metaphoric language it’s the effect of repeated sounds in both poetry and prose I like to focus on. I think I first recognized alliteration in naming. I, my sister, and brother all have the repeated /g/ at the beginning of our names.

    1. Glenda, what fun to have alliterative names. I also recognize it in marketing – Coca Cola!

  2. My fourth graders created their own tongue twisters. We also had fun with the bouncing ball game. An example – P my name is Paula and my husband’s name is Peter. We come from Pittsburgh where we eat pancakes. We also created a fun alphabet book that was alliterative, too. I do not know all the forms you mentioned and will be busy this morning looking them up!

  3. Fran, fun facts for Friday.

  4. Fran, alliteration lilts the language lavishly, and I love it!

  5. Kim can call it correctly!!!

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