A lesson in alliteration and George’s Marvellous Medicine



A few weeks ago, we explored alliteration with our students. First we asked the students if they had heard of alliteration and explained that it is a literary device in which the author uses the same sound at the beginning of many words in consecutive order, for example, “Seven slippery snakes slithered slowly”. Students may have come across this type of literary device in poems, but they are often used in stories and books as well. Our younger classes listened to a fun song about alliteration and then came up with examples of alliteration which they wrote on the whiteboard. Next we played some fun alliteration games.

Our younger students then volunteered different animals and brainstormed words and sentences that started with the same letter as the animal. Older classes were reminded that using adjectives and adverbs can help to lengthen their examples. Everyone then copied down the sentences in their notebooks.

We then reminded the students of the author Roald Dahl and asked them if they have heard of or read the book George’s Marvellous Medicine and if they could point out something interesting and relevant about this title! The cover of the book and the description of the main characters were discussed before listening to a humorous reading of the first two chapters of the book. The students really enjoyed listening for and pointing out examples of alliteration in the text.

The younger classes were then given an explanation of how the story proceeds and asked to come up with their own recipe of horrible ingredients to go in the medicine for Grandma whilst trying to use alliteration by putting words together like “terrible toads toes”. The students brainstormed ingredients and drew a picture of their medicine or the ingredients and wrote a sentence or two explaining.

The older classes were then asked to continue writing what George is going to do next to Grandma in narrative format and also try to use as much alliteration as possible to describe the characters and the scene. Examples were offered to get them started, such as “wicked witch”, “grumpy grandma”, and “potent potion”. The students then got to share their stories with the class.

Check out these gorgeous examples of our students’ work!

Fun with alliteration

















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