I have a queen conch whose name is Quintella. She comes from a quarry in Quebec. Sometimes she is quiet, and sometimes she is quick. She eats queer sea animals, quintuplets, and quartered apples. She is quite well known for her quirky habits. I love Qunitella the Queen Conch.
Here is a fun writing session to experiment with alliteration and celebrate language. Be sure to have plenty of atlases, maps, globes, thesauruses, and dictionaries on hand. Ask students to create a paragraph about a plant or animal. If you want to center it around a science unit such as ocean life, that will make it even more challenging.
Students choose a letter of the alphabet and do some research, looking for words beginning with the same sound (so if they choose the letter "c" they must decide on "s" sounds or "k" sounds). Another challenge: some students can use blends or digraphs for every word they place in the scaffold. Then, they use this template (I always encourage variations):
I have a(n)_________________________(animal) who comes from__________________(city, state, country, continent, etc.). Sometimes he/she is __________________(character trait) and sometimes he/she is __________________(character trait). He/she eats _____________________(three things - can be imaginary and funny). He/she is well known for ___________.
I love ______________________(your animal).
Place them in a class book, on a paper quilt, or in a PowerPoint. Add sound - record your students reading their pieces and place images in a movie, animoto presentation, etc. to make it even more interesting.
Encourage your student writers to find places where alliteration makes their writing sing!