Alliteration in Literature and Rhetoric

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Middle schoolers are asked to identify the alliteration used in John F. Kennedy's Inaugural Address, Emily Dickinson's "May-Flower," and a passage from Robert Lewis Stevenson's Kidnapped.

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CCSS: Designed
Instructional Ideas
  • Consider expanding the lesson and asking readers to consider why the writer may have chosen to use this rhetorical device
Classroom Considerations
  • The worksheet is intended to model that alliteration my be found in many genres 
  • The packet includes an answer key
  • Readers can skim the material searching only for the alliterative letters; therefore, consider adding questions that may be answered by a close reading of the text and several that require analysis of the texts
Common Core