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Try a Tantalizing Tongue Twister

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Want to put some fun into your reading and writing practice this fall? Why not write tongue twisters?
Tongue twisters are word phrases that use alliteration (similar initial sounds repeated). The difficulty of saying them quickly makes them great practice with word play. 
Aside from being fun, tongue twisters can encourage the development of musical and kinesthetic intelligence by making us aware of rhythms in language.
Write your own tongue twister
Start by asking questions to get the characters and action you'll need. Let's look at Peter Piper picked a peck of pickled peppers, a very famous tongue twister. 
  1. What is your character's name?  Peter Piper
  2. What did he or she do?  Picked a peck 
  3. What kinds of things were used?  Pickled peppers
Add additional questions like these:
  • Where was this done?
  • When was it done?
  • Why was it done?
Add nouns, adjectives, and adverbs to make your twister more challenging. Start with a single sentence and build up to a whole "story." Remember to use as many words as you can that start with the same letter.
Repeat your tongue twister slowly; then, speed it up! Have everyone in your family try it out. With practice, you'll get better at both writing and saying your twisters.
You can find a step-by-step guide for writing a tongue twister that is uniquely your own. Need more inspiration? Take a look at 500 tongue twisters created by others. 
Help everyone in your family overcome fear of reading or speaking aloud by sharing the fun of "twisting" your tongues together.
Bring your favorite tongue twister next time you come by The Literacy & Language Center.

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