Look at the picture below.
How would you describe this hamster?
We could use adjectives such as cute, fluffy and curious.
We could also use alliteration to describe it.
Alliteration is where two or more words in a sentence begin with the same sound. These words have to be close to or next to each other.
Here's some alliteration describing the hamster:
The hungry hamster hoped food was coming soon.
Can you see that there are three words beginning with h in our sentence about the hamster?
Sometimes, words may begin with the same letter but the sound won't be the same. For example:
The circle caught the triangle.
There are two words beginning with c but they make a different sound. This isn't alliteration.
It is also possible to have words that start with different letters that sound the same. For example,
Freya took a fantastic photo.
This is alliteration.
Can you think of some alliteration to describe this frog?
Here's one idea:
The friendly frog wanted to catch some flies.
We use alliteration to make our writing sound entertaining and it gives text and poetry a bit of a rhythm.
Alliteration can also make certain words stand out to the reader and make them more memorable.
This is why alliteration is used a lot in adverts.
In this activity, we will identify alliteration in a text.