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by Louise

When writers use two or more words together that have the same beginning sounds, they are using alliteration.

Poets especially like to use alliteration because it adds sound quality to their poems, but you too can use alliteration occasionally in your paragraphs or essays to add freshness and style.

Be careful of using too many because it can distract your reader from your ideas. Here are some examples of alliteration:

 John received a brilliant, blue bird for his birthday.

The four firefighters rushed to find the victims in the burning house.

She picked up the plump peach.

The solitary child sang a song.

Dancing delicately, Don ushered in the dawn of a new day.

 Here are some silly tongue twisters using alliteration:

Angela Abigail Applewhite ate anchovies and artichokes.

Bertha Bartholomew blew big, blue bubbles.

Clever Clifford Cutter clumsily closed the closet clasps.

Dwayne Doodle drew a drawing of dreaded Dracula.

Elmer Elwood eluded eleven elderly elephants.

Floyd Flingle flipped flat flapjacks.

Now, underline the alliteration in the following sentences:

1. Puny panthers pit their skills against zebras.

2. Pretty Petunia picked peaches for preserves.

3. Handsome Howard hired hundreds of hippos for the holidays.

Now it’s your turn. Try writing 5 sentences using alliteration. Try some serious ones and some funny ones like the tongue twisters. Show them to your teacher for feedback. Good luck.


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