MIDDLE SCHOOL PROMPTS

“Long, long ago, in a lavish lodge near the village of Liverwurst, lived a lovely lass called Linda the Lonely.
Linda was lonely because, ever since she was a little girl, she had been
locked in the lodge by her wicked uncle, Lord Ludwig of Liverwurst.”

 

So begins “The Legend of Linda the Lonely” in The Sesame Street Book of Fairy Tales.

By now you have noticed something strange about the first paragraph of poor Linda’s story—it’s full of the letter “L.”

Linda the Lonely and Alliteration -- Join Linda the Lonely as she introduces alliteration to your middle school student. What fairy tale will your student pepper with alliteration? 

When you begin neighboring words with the same consonant, like the letter “L,” you are using alliteration.

Many tongue twisters use alliteration: Peter Piper picked a peck of pickled peppers.

You’ll also find it in advertising: Best Buy, Chuck E. Cheese’s, Dunkin’ Donuts, and so on. What other names use alliteration?

Now it’s your turn: Choose a consonant and write a fairy tale using alliteration throughout it. Or rewrite an existing fairy tale using alliteration. See how many times you can use your consonant of choice!

 

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