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How Do I Create a Lesson on Alliteration?

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  • Written By: G. Wiesen
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  • Last Modified Date: 21 November 2014
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To create a lesson on alliteration you should typically begin by reviewing any standards you may have in your area regarding literary devices to ensure you meet those requirements. Once you know the minimum materials you need to cover, consider your class and the students you are teaching. This can help you create a lesson that is more likely to be meaningful for your students and help them learn about alliteration. Your lesson on alliteration should also include plenty of examples, and you should look for ways to reference works you may have already covered in class and allow students to practice with alliteration.

One of the first things you should consider when making a lesson on alliteration is any standards you may need to follow in your area. Standards are typically set by a school district, local government body, or the school at which you are teaching. Failing to meet these standards may place your students at a disadvantage, and could have negative consequences for you as a teacher. Your lesson should meet any requirements these standards may set, which may be fairly specific, or simply require that students understand what alliteration means.

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The lesson on alliteration you create should be as specific to your class and students as possible, though you should still ensure the lesson has overall appeal. If you have recently discussed a large text in class, such as a novel, then you should try to connect this to your lesson on alliteration if possible. You can typically choose when you want to cover alliteration during the semester, so look for opportunities to easily fit it into any works you may already be discussing. Other examples can also be used, such as poems, titles of other works, and names of characters, especially if they are noteworthy or famous uses of alliteration.

You should design a lesson on alliteration that allows your students to actually use alliteration to better understand what it means. While reading how other authors or poets have used alliteration can be helpful, many students may retain the meaning of alliteration better if they practice using it. You might want to have your students write short poems in which they use alliteration along with other literary devices you have covered recently. A lesson on alliteration could otherwise require that the students write out several sentences, without necessarily creating an overall story or structure, in which they demonstrate multiple uses of alliteration.

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