Lesson Plan

Sounds Familiar!

Reading is about to come alive with onomatopoeia! In this lesson students will learn to differentiate between alliteration and onomatopoeia and practice determining how onomatopoeia is used by authors to convey rich meaning.
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Learning Objectives

  • Students will be able to distinguish between characteristics of onomatopoeia and alliteration, using context to determine meaning.
  • Students will be able to determine how onomatopoeia is used by the author to create rich sounds that enhance the meaning of a text.


(5 minutes)
  • Post two pieces of chart paper on a wall in the room, labeled “Alliteration” and “Onomatopoeia.”
  • Distribute two sticky notes to each student.
  • Invite students to write what they know about alliteration or onomatopoeia on each of the sticky notes.
  • Ask students to post their thinking on either piece of chart paper.
  • Give the students the opportunity to participate in a gallery walk in which they read the other students’ writing.
  • Tell the students that they will be learning about two kinds of figurative language that have special sounds.