Tuesday’s Lesson

Quiz tomorrow and a lot of you have to miss a little class time due to scheduling–so here goes:

alliteration—Repetition of consonant sounds at the beginning of words.

assonance—repetition of vowel sounds within words near each other.

consonance—repetition of consonant sounds, especially at the middle or end of words.

onomatopoeia—Words that are sounds.  (Mooo, bang, etc.)

AllusionFigure of speech that refers to a place, event, literary work, myth, famous person, or work of art, either directly or by implication.

Example, Labels want my name beside the X like Malcom.   –Drake

Biblical Allusion –refers to something from the Bible.

“He was a Good Samaritan yesterday when he helped the lady start her car.”   Or…

As I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I take a look at my life and realize there’s none left.”   –Coolio, Gangsta’s Paradise referring to Psalm 23.


Mythical Allusion—Anything referring to mythology.

“Chocolate was her Achilles’ heel.”

Or “She looked like a Cyclops!”


Literary Allusion—Refers to something from literature.

“You shoot arrows like Katniss!” (Katniss was the protagonist from The Hunger Games)

Shakespearean Allusion—Alludes to a work by Shakespeare. Ex. He was quite the Romeo when it came to romance.

Ultimate song of Allusions is called “We Didn’t Start the Fire” by Billy Joel.



Choose between alliteration, assonance, or consonance for the underlined choices below.

________________________1. Quentin quietly quacked at the ducks.

________________________2. Go throw a bone to the dog below.

________________________3. “The lid had seeds on it,” said Dad.

________________________4. The whole pill feels like it swelled in my mouth.

  1. Write a sentence showing an example of assonance. Underline the words that use assonance.


Directions: Decide which sound device is underlined in the following sentences. Write alliteration, consonance, or assonance in the blank.

____________________1. She only eats three meals a day and never snacks.

____________________2. After a long wait, the little batter stepped up to the plate.

____________________3. Verne filled his inner void of not being heard by voting.

____________________4. You too can hold your breath until you are blue.


  1. Write a sentence with assonance. Underline the words that have assonance in your sentence.

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