Alliteration as a Rhetorical Tool

Alliteration created by both the immediate and non-immediate juxtaposition of the initial sounds of words is the subject of a lesson that focuses on how speakers use the rhetorical device to engage and persuade their audiences. A powerful portrait of how politicians persuade people.

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CCSS: Designed
Instructional Ideas
  • Begin the lesson by asking class members to share tongue twisters
  • Project and have a class member read aloud the first stanzas of Poe's "The Raven" and ask viewers to identify the alliterative words
Classroom Considerations
  • Requires prep time to make copies of the various speeches and set up the rotation stations
  • Links are provided to all required materials
  • The lesson encourages readers to recognize some of the more subtle forms of alliteration used in public address
  • No rubric is included