Alliteration is a literary device that involves using words that start with the same sound in close proximity to each other. It is a fun way to play with language and create memorable phrases that can help convey a mood or tone in writing.

Alliteration In Action

To begin, let’s try coming up with some examples of alliteration together. Think of a letter, and then try to come up with words that start with that letter. For example, if we chose the letter “B,” we could come up with the following:

  • Big blue balloons bounce beautifully
  • Busy bees buzz by the bright blue sky

Now, let’s try writing our own alliteration phrases. Choose a letter and try to come up with a sentence or phrase that uses as many words as you can that start with that letter. Don’t worry too much about making it perfect, just have fun with the sounds of the words!

After we’ve had some time to write our own alliteration phrases, let’s share them with the class. What sounds did you use? Did you notice any patterns or rhythms in your phrases?

Alliteration in Literature

Some famous examples include:

  • Peter Piper picked a peck of pickled peppers” from the nursery rhyme
  • “Sally sells seashells by the seashore” from the tongue twister
  • “The Wicked Witch of the West went her own way” from The Wizard of Oz


What effect does the alliteration have on these phrases?

Does it help to create a certain mood or tone?

Why do you think the authors or poets chose to use alliteration in these instances?

Playing with language and having fun with words is an important part of being a good writer!

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