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Alliteration Poem - KS2 Text Types: Writing Planners and Model Texts

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This pack contains a number of resources to support pupils when writing poems that include alliteration. Two model poems are included to teach this poetic technique, with opportunities to explore the use of adjectives and synonyms when writing poetry.

The poems could be used as part of a series of English lessons. The pupils’ final writing task is to write their own poem that uses alliteration, using the model texts as inspiration.

What is included in this alliteration KS2 poetry resource?

  • Model text: Terrible Teatime - this model text is a witty poem about teatime that includes examples of alliteration
  • Alliterative poem writing sheet - this contains success criteria for writing a poem based on the model text as well as examples of how noun phrases can be expanded using adjectives and examples of synonyms.
  • Exploring ideas sheet - this PDF worksheet provides space for pupils to record ideas for there poem, noting examples of adjectives and their synonyms to find alliterative phrases which could be used when writing.
  • Writing scaffold - a PDF worksheet containing a writing scaffold which follows the structure of the model poem to support pupils where needed
  • Themed writing paper - this writing paper can be used for pupils to present their work.
  • Teacher notes - guidance on how the resource could be used within the classroom

What is alliteration?

Alliteration is a literary device that involves the use of words that start with the same sound or sounds, either next to each other in a sentence, or in close proximity. It is important to stress that it is the sound pupils are repeating, not the letter. ‘The king kicks the conkers on the ground.’ is alliterative, as three words begin with the /k/ sound, whereas ‘The centipede crawls.’ is not alliterative, as the letter ‘c’ is making a /k/ sound in ‘crawls’ and a /s/ sound in ‘centipede’.

Alliteration examples

plump pillow
heavy hammer
slippery slide
sailing serenely on the silvery sea

National Curriculum English programme of study links

Year 3 / 4 Composition
Pupils should be taught to:

  • plan their writing by discussing and recording ideas
  • draft and write by composing and rehearsing sentences orally ...

Year 5/6 Composition

Pupils should be taught to:

  • plan their writing by noting and developing initial ideas ...
  • evaluate and edit by assessing the effectiveness of their own and others’ writing

  • Model text: Terrible Teatim
  • Alliterative poem writing sheet
  • Exploring ideas sheet
  • Writing scaffold
  • Themed writing paper
  • Teacher notes
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