Poetry Unit focusing on alliteration-Need ideas

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    I am looking for ideas for mini lessons regarding using alliteration in poetry. My grade level focus is 2nd grade. I am not finding much online. Does anyone have any great ideas?
     
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    Not sure if it's a great idea, but we do animal alphabet alliteration poems, based on the book Animalia. Each kid (or pair of kids) writes one alliterative line for each letter of the alphabet. Since we read Animalia first, all of the lines revolve around animals. First we brainstorm a list of animals for each letter. The idea is to think of as many alliterations as possible, but if they can only handle "adjective, noun, verb" that works, too.

    For example, a basic line could be "Scaly snakes slither"
    A more complex line could be "Scaly striped southern snakes slither sideways on scoots"

    If you have each kid or pair create and illustrate one line, you can bind the pages together to make a class book.
     
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    Here's a link to some 'alliteration poems':

    http://www1.eanes.k12.tx.us/ee/cshay/Alliteration Poems.htm

    I don't happen to think this is the best writing, however, but you could lift a few of the better lines from the poems (the one on weather is probably the best of the lot) and teach how poets use alliteration to play with the sounds of words in their poems and give the poem some rhythmn...

    Here's some lesson ideas:

    http://www.brighthub.com/education/k-12/articles/2973.aspx

    http://childrens-books.lovetoknow.com/Alliteration_Poems_by_Shel_Silverstein
     
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    Scout About,

    Thanks! Great idea! It's kind of funny I just came across this idea through searching online. I like how you suggested to have one or two kids focus on a certain letter. The example I found online was for upper elementary and they were each creating their own. That could be overwhelming for a second grader.
     
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    czacza,

    Thanks for the links!!
     
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    I used Dr. Seuss to help teach alliteration to my third graders. He has a book titled, "Oh Say Can You Say?" and it has alliteration in it that my students loved. It is a book of fun tongue twisters. We first discussed what alliteration is and then read some of the tongue twisters (We had a great time trying to read the tongue twisters fast and identifying the alliteration in each tongue twister). The students then worked on their own and created pop-up books.

    Here is the link and you can search inside the book.

    http://www.amazon.com/Oh-Say-Can-You/dp/0394842553
     

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