Allie’s Amazingly Artistic Alliterations

Writer’s workshop is my favorite part of our school day.  We spend a little time together doing a mini lesson about the writing process, grammar, or just ways we can improve our writing, and then we have all kinds of fun just writing!

Name Alliterations

To teach about alliteration, introduce your kids to Alliteration Allie.  She’s a cute little stick girl (so you can draw your own visual right in the middle of the lesson without any prep time!) who likes to make alliterations from people’s names.

Alliteration-Allie

Use the names of your littlies and come up with some fun alliterations together.  Here are my kiddos’ names:

Talkative Tyler

Electrifying Elizabeth

Incredible Isabel

Jinxed Jason

Alliteration Brainstorm

Start by writing a letter at the top of a sheet of paper and set 3 minutes on the clock.  Have kids write down as many words as they can on their page that begin with that letter.  Remind them to use nouns, verbs, articles, adverbs, adjectives – anything!  This is a brainstorm, so nothing should be rejected.  Once the minute is over, share the paper full of words with more people – get everyone involved.  Put another minute on the clock and see if, as a group, you can come up with even more words to add.  Do this several times to practice, then use your letter pages as word banks for the next activity.

Alliterations in Sentences

Then take it a step further and teach how alliteration can be used more completely in sentences.  Here are some alliterations Michelle’s kids came up with:

Isaac:  Mom makes maps of mambo mines.

CJ: Nathan knows nuttiness.

Tim: Fergy Frog flips his fly fries.

Nathan: CJ kills the cow that’s killing kittens on the quay.

Write the greatest alliterative sentences you can come up with, then make some silly illustrations to go with them.  Lessons don’t always need cutesy printables and tons of prep time to be fun.  Just sit down and have fun WRITING!  Artistic alliteration is always alluring!

Additional Layers

  • Take a story that you’ve written before, and add some alliteration in just to spice it up.
  • Write a sentence acrostic using your name that describes you.  On each line use at least one alliteration just for a challenge.
  • Play Scattergories for lots more letter practice.  You really do get better and faster with practice.
  • Play Alliteration Chain.  Someone creates an alliteration to begin the game.  “Beautiful bunny.”  Then the next player must use the last letter to create a new alliteration.  So the Y from the end of bunny becomes “yellow yams.”  And then the S becomes “superficial superhero.”  And you keep going as long as you can.  If anyone repeats a word that has been said, they are out.

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