Alliteration is the repetition of consonant sounds in successive or close syllables. Not only that, but it can be a fun and engaging way to make creative writing fun for young writers.
Whether it’s alliterative prompts for short stories or prompts for using alliteration poetry, these exercises require students to explore their vocabulary and rearrange their writing to make more sense.
We’ve put together a list of prompts for both short stories and poetry to help your students practice these skills.
Using This Guide
Our writing prompts and style guides are meant to be used to challenge writers without making the work seem like a chore. The goal is to get them to write and hopefully get them to enjoy the process.
Here are a few ways we recommend using this list:
- Some of these prompts will have themed days on them. You can use those along with your curriculum for daily exercises.
- Encourage students to choose one or two prompts a day for an entire school week.
- Assign prompt numbers by group or table.
- Tell students to choose their prompt using their favorite number.
Positively Promising Prompts
- Write an alliterative poem using the following words: cookie, clay, cover, curious
- Write a poem or short story using the following sentence: Little Larry likes licking the sticky lollipop.
- Use alliteration to describe one of your family members.
- Write a short story using these phrases: “bouncing bunnies”, “talking taco”, and “wonderful wizard.
- How is alliteration used to make writing more interesting?
- Wisdom Wednesday: Choose an inspirational quote and rewrite it so that it’s alliterative.
- Create a fake brand whose name is alliterative. What does this brand sell? Who does it market to? Create a slogan.
- Choose an example of alliteration in literature and write 2-3 paragraphs about why alliteration works in that instance.
- Create a superhero whose name is alliterative. What are their powers and weaknesses? Draw your character when you are done.
- Find three images in a magazine or book. Write two alliterative headlines for each image.
- Choose a character from a show or book who has an alliterative name and write a short story about them.
- Write a 15-word story with at least three words that use alliteration.
- Fiction Friday: Write an alliterative poem about a family of mermaids.
- Describe your most recent birthday using alliteration.
- Give four people in your class alliterative names, like “Brilliant Billy” or “Caring Carmen”.
- Motivation Monday: Write 3-5 paragraphs about something that inspires you.
- Write an alliterative poem using the following words: pumpkin, pretty, present, penguin
- Perky pandas play peacefully. Write 2 paragraphs about your favorite animal, and a short alliterative poem to go with your description.
- Use alliteration to describe what you ate for dinner last night.
- Choose a Harry Potter character with an alliterative name and write a short story featuring them.
- Talented Tuesday: Do you have a hidden talent? Write 3-5 paragraphs about it.
- Write a sentence about a cat and her kittens that uses alliteration.
- What is your favorite tongue twister? Why?
- Write a haiku using alliteration.
- What is your favorite Shel Silverstein poem that uses alliteration? Describe it and draw a picture to accompany it.
- Wacky Wednesday: Write a silly tongue twister using alliteration.
- Animal Alliteration: Write an alliterative poem about an animal you’d find in a zoo.
- Find a Mad-Libs activity online, and fill it out using alliteration.
- Write a poem about your favorite superhero using alliteration.
- Use alliteration to describe yourself.
- Write your own tongue twister like “Peter Piper” using the first letter of your name.
- Think About it Thursday: What are some ways you can help to keep your community green and clean?
- Write a short, alliterative poem (five lines maximum) about something small around you.
- Write a short story featuring two characters, named “Lucy the Lucky” and “Tommy the Timid”.
- Describe the difference between alliteration, assonance, and consonance? Use examples.
- Choose a sports team with an alliterative name and write 2-3 paragraphs about the team’s history.
- Use alliteration to describe your best friend.
- Write a short story featuring a superhero whose real name is alliterative.
- Write a 20-word story with at least four words that use alliteration.
- Future Friday: Write a letter to yourself in five years.
- Describe your favorite song using alliteration.
- With a partner, take turns writing an alliterative poem about something you have in common.
- Wondering Wednesday: Research something you’re curious about and write 2-5 paragraphs about it.
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