Teach Figurative Language With Flocabulary
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Wordplay Wednesday is going back to school. Teach figurative language? Literary terms? Rhetorical devices? This school year, we’ll highlight one term per week, with examples from hip-hop, literature, history and general skilled linguists from all fields. You can use these examples in all grades, and have students create their own examples. Share them in the comments for all to see. We’ll add our favorites to this post.
So to start it all off, we bring you…
Definition: The repetition of sounds, especially initial consonant sounds in two or more neighboring words.
Why Writers Use it: It can help connect ideas, make sentences memorable or sound musical. When overused, it can also be cloying or irritating.
Having trouble remembering the definition? Let Allie the Alliterative Albino American Alligator assist you.
Hip-Hop Alliteration Examples
“Furious, phat, fabulous, fantastic/
flurries of funk felt feeding the fanatics”" -Blackalicious
“The crime pays little but the consequence is costly” -Jay Electronica
“I’m a twenty ton terror on top of Tokyo towers with two titanium tentacles” -NoCanDo
Alliteration Examples in Romeo and Juliet, and other Shakespearean Works
From forth the fatal loins of these two foes
A pair of star-cross’d lovers take their life. -Prologue from Romeo and Juliet
Mercutio and Tybalt were beefing,
When in walks Romeo, spicing up the scenery. -Flocabulary’s Romeo and Juliet Summary
“Love and languish for his sake” -Oberon, A Midsummer Night’s Dream
“When do I count the clock that tells the time?” – Sonnet 12
Alliteration Examples in History
“But then I asked myself, “Are we serving Shamus as well as he is serving us?”" -Barack Obama, 2004 Democratic Convention Speech
“To those people in the huts and villages of half the globe struggling to break the bonds of mass misery, we pledge our best efforts to help them help themselves for whatever period is required…” -John F. Kennedy, Inaugural Address
“In the United States today, we have more than our share of nattering nabobs of negativism.” -Spiro Agnew
Our Best Community Examples
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Coming next week: The Greatest Examples Of Hyperbole, Ever.
Also, a special thanks to our intern Sammy Feldblum for scouring the planet and internet for the best literary term examples out there.