Saturday, June 4, 2011


As you know, alliteration is the stuff that tongue-twisters are made of.   According to, it's "the commencement of two or more stressed syllables of a word group either with the same consonant sound or sound group (consonantal alliteration), as in from stem to stern."

You will need 1 regular die and 1 20-sided die from a Scattergories game.   You are ready to teach alliteration.   Roll 'em.   If you get a 1 on the regular die, or a vowel on the Scattergories die, roll again.

The object of this games is to create alliterative headlines.   Say you roll a 3 and a T.   Your headline could be Thumbelina Throttles Thor.    Grrrrr.   This is a fun way to spend a few extra minutes of class, or introduce alliteration to your masses.   You may choose to award the most ridiculous headlines; writers generally want to share their creations when it comes to this game.

Keep your eye out for Scattergories when you visit thrift stores.   There's also a good chance that you have a friend with a dusty edition of that game who would be happy to set it free from storage.

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