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Identify Alliteration, Onomatopoeia and Hyperbole

In this worksheet, students will learn about alliteration, onomatopoeia and hyperbole.

'Identify Alliteration, Onomatopoeia and Hyperbole' worksheet

Key stage:  KS 2

Year:  Year 5 English worksheets

Curriculum topic:   Reading: Comprehension

Curriculum subtopic:   Discuss Author Language

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Worksheet Overview

Look at the picture below.


lion roaring


Can you describe this lion using alliteration?


Remember that 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.


We could say:


The large, lion roared loudly.


Can you see there are three words very near to each other beginning with l?


Be careful when looking for alliteration as the same letter doesn't always give you the same sound.

In curly circle the makes a different sound in each word.


girl thinking


We can also use onomatopoeia to help the reader to imagine certain sounds in a story or poem.


Onomatopoeia is used when we have words that sound like a sound!


For example:


examples of onomatopoeia


Can you think of an example of onomatopoeia to show the sound that the lion makes?


You might have come up with:





When we say these words aloud, it sounds very similar to the noises that lions make.


roaring lion


If the lion was roaring a lot, we could exaggerate and say:

The large, lion roared loudly for what felt like a thousand years.


Here, we have exaggerated so much that what we're saying isn't even possible. One lion can't roar for a thousand years.


When we exaggerate like this, it's called hyperbole and the exaggeration isn't meant to be taken literally. 

In this case, hyperbole is there to show the reader how much the lion is roaring.


In this activity, we'll be on the hunt for alliteration, onomatopoeia and hyperbole in a text.

Make sure you understand what each one is before moving onto the questions.

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