Lesson Plan

Analyzing Alliteration

In this fun lesson, your students will practice identifying and writing sentences with alliteration. They will also reflect upon the purpose of alliteration and the effect it has upon the reader.
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Learning Objectives

Students will be able to identify texts containing alliteration.

The adjustment to the whole group lesson is a modification to differentiate for children who are English learners.
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Introduction

(5 minutes)
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  • Tell students that today we are going to analyze author's craft. Explain to students that author's craft is a set of decisions made by the author that make their writing look or sound a certain way.
  • Inform students that different examples of author's craft include figurative language such as similes, metaphors, onomatopoeia, and alliteration.
  • Write the following sentence on the board: "The blue bug bit a big black bear."
  • Call on a volunteer to identify which type of craft the author is using in this sentence.
  • Guide students to understand that this is an example of alliteration, which is the repetition of beginning consonant sounds in a group of closely connected words.
  • Tell students that today we are going to analyze alliteration.

Beginning

  • Pre-teach the words "author's craft" and "alliteration" using the Frayer Model.
  • Draw students a picture that represents an alliterative sentence (e.g., an image of a black bat bowling).
  • Provide an example of an alliterative sentence in students' home language (L1).

Intermediate

  • Allow students to choose to use L1 or L2 when discussing what type of author's craft is being represented in the sentence example.
  • Allow students to use sentence stems during the group discussion (e.g., "The author's craft is _________ because _________").