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What is alliteration?

Alliteration is a literary device in which words that are close together all begin with the same consonant sound.

Here are some examples.

Sarah sold me seven slippery snakes.

Phil put four phones on the folding table.

Carly complained when her cat used its claws on her new carrot-colored couch.

And here are some examples from literature.

"But four hours later the fish was still swimming steadily out to sea, towing the skiff, and the old man was still braced solidly with the line across his back." The Old Man and the Sea, Ernest Hemingway

"So we beat on, boats against the current, borne back ceaselessly into the past." The Great Gatsby, F. Scott Fitzgerald

It's useful to notice that alliteration doesn't just occur in words that begin with the same letter. It can also be seen in words that simply begin with the same sound.

In this worksheet, students underline the words that are examples of alliteration. They then write sentences that use alliteration with a given sound. It is suitable for students from Grade 4 to Grade 7.


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