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Alliteration Has Dual Uses

Alliteration Has Dual Uses

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I had to be able to teach reading to nonreaders and emergent readers. This year (about mid year) we were required by the state to formally learn to teach it and we had no resources or particular program to use. I happened upon a book entitled, 'Blends to Win". Alliteration is often used as a device for various writers, but when used to create connected stories it worked really well with my students. It helps them to recognize sounds, it helps them with their writing and the new readers remember information that has rhythm to it, and this did. Its still kind of slow, but it worked.

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Samer Rabadi
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Hi Vickie, you bring up a good point. It seems to me that many of the tools poets and other writers use can help new readers.

Think about rhyme and rhythm--about how they can help set up expectations about how to approach the next word or line. These are tools a teacher can use without even having to explain what they are. :-)

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