Alliteration Anchor Chart (plus freebie!)

It is Anchor's Away Monday, and today I'm sharing this alliteration anchor chart with you!

Alliteration Anchor Chart- This anchor chart helps students understand that it's not the first letter of each word that matters... it's the SOUND that is important!

I love teaching alliteration.  Why?  It gives me yet another opportunity to use Margie Palatini's books as mentor texts!  I became her #1 fan 17 years ago when I first read Piggie Pie to my second graders, and I have enjoyed every book she has ever written.  When I pick up one of her books, I know that I will laugh out loud. As a bonus, they are perfect mentor texts for teaching many literary devices. (Amazon affiliate link follows.)

Bedhead is a favorite Margie Palatini book to use when teaching alliteration.  Another favorite is Moosetache!

Alliteration seems like a pretty easy concept, right?  That was my assumption before I taught this skill, and for the most part, students do seem to learn it quickly.  However, I have noticed three areas that sometimes confuse students:

Alliteration occurs when two or more nearby words have the same beginning sounds.

#1- Two words is enough to make a phrase alliterative.
Yes, Leah licked a luscious lemon lollipop is alliterative.  But A caravan of camels was seen in the distance is also alliterative.

#2-  The words have to be near each other.  
Steph drove to Walmart to buy a new stereo is not alliterative.  There are too many words between Steph and stereo to make that sentence alliterative.

#3-  The beginning sounds are the same, not the beginning letters.
Unfortunately, the photograph was fuzzy is alliterative, but They found a green gem is not alliterative.

Click on the image below to download this FREE practice worksheet.


  1. I love teaching alliteration because the kids have so much fun after they get the idea.
    Great anchor chart as always!

    Thanks for hosting the linky!

    - Lucy

  2. Can't wait to use this with my grandson. Thanks so much for sharing.
    LMN Tree

  3. I also love to teach alliteration. My students often choose it for writing time when they finish other projects.
    Artistry of Education