Line Talkers (Alliteration)

Time Required: Two 45-60 minute sessions
Skill Level: Intermediate
Recommended Grades: 3rd to 5th

In this lesson, students will create continuous line drawings in the style of Picasso with the 3Doodler and then border their line drawing with a continuous string of alliterated words.

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Lesson Plan


Step 1

Whole group: Brainstorm words to alliterate the following animals: tiger, rhino, monkey, lion, elephant.
Note how alliterations are a continuous line or "string" of words that begin with the same letter or letter sound.

Step 2

Share the continuous line drawings of Pablo Picasso.

Step 3

State the goal: To create a continuous line drawing of an animal and a continuous string of alliterated words as a border around it.

Step 4

Model how to sketch a continuous line drawing of an animal in pencil on scrap paper. Try a few different configurations. Select one for your stencil. Students may attempt one of the line drawings of Picasso instead.
Create a stencil for your animal using a pencil and paper.

Step 5

Trace stencil with the 3Doodler. Note: Work slowly, allowing filament time to adhere to surface as you move. At the end of a line, turn off 3Doodler, but hold it in place 3-5 seconds before pulling away.

Step 6

Take a picture of your "3Doodled" animal on your tablet and upload to the Markup app. Select a color for your writing that will contrast against your background. Write a string of alliterated word around your animal with your finger.
*The starting letter should be capitalized. Place a period after the final word.

Step 7

Hand out paper for students to sketch, at least 3 variations of a possible line drawing of an animal. Instruct students to brainstorm a list of alliterated words to go around their animals. Check spellings in dictionary online or print. Swap with partner to offer feedback.

Step 8

Divide students into groups of 2-3 to share tablets and 3Doodlers. Instruct students to create 3Doodled line drawings, use iPads to take a picture, upload image to Markup and add border alliterations.

Step 9

Circle to assist and assess.

Wrap Up

Combine student's line drawing alliteration images in a Keynote or PowerPoint to share with the whole group. Students share their animals and alliterations with the class. Discuss. Offer feedback. Share on Twitter #3DoodlerEDU


Review students' line drawings and related alliterations to determine their level of understanding.

Possible Extensions

Students create continuous line drawings of their names in cursive on tent cards, 3Doodle their names with a border of alliterated words that describe them.


Optional:Use the Markup app on a tablet.


  • alliteration - the occurrence of the same letter or sound at the beginning of adjacent or closely connected words.

Educational Standards

Common Core

Demonstrate understanding of figurative language, word relationships, and nuances in word meanings.

In This Lesson

Students' alliterations will demonstrate understanding of this figurative device.

Common Core

Produce clear and coherent writing in which the development and organization are appropriate to task, purpose, and audience.

In This Lesson

Students will border a line of alliteration around their animal, which reflects an understanding of the task, purpose and audience, i.e., their peers.

Common Core

Order adjectives within sentences according to conventional patterns

In This Lesson

Within alliterations, students will organize nouns and adjectives in accordance with conventional patterns.

Common Core

Spell grade-appropriate words correctly, consulting references as needed.

In This Lesson

Students will use an online or print dictionary to verify spellings of alliterative words.

Next Gen Science

Define a simple design problem that can be solved through the development of an object, tool, process, or system and includes several criteria for success and constraints on materials, time, or cost.

In This Lesson

Students will practice alliteration by designing a continuous line drawing or an animal and a border of alliterated words that follow criteria set by teacher.

Next Gen Science

Generate and compare multiple possible solutions to a problem based on how well each is likely to meet the criteria and constraints of the problem.

In This Lesson

Students will sketch various design possibilities with objects before selecting one to doodle.

CS Teachers

Plan and create a design document to illustrate thoughts, ideas, and stories in a sequential (step-by-step) manner (e.g., story map, storyboard, sequential graphic organizer).

In This Lesson

Students will create stencils that reflect their thoughts and ideas about character traits.

Students will create a plan for their alliterative borders on scrap paper before using 3Doodler.

CS Teachers

Decompose (break down) a larger problem into smaller sub-problems with teacher guidance or independently.

In This Lesson

Students will break down the process of creation into brainstorm, planning and design work.


Use technology to seek feedback that informs and improves their practice and to demonstrate their learning in a variety of ways.

In This Lesson

Students will use the 3Doodler to visually demonstrate the role of alliteration as a continuous letter or letter sound.


Exhibit a tolerance for ambiguity, perseverance and the capacity to work with open-ended problems.

In This Lesson

Students will demonstrate willingness and competency within an open-ended task with more than one possible outcome.


Create original works or responsibly repurpose or remix digital resources into new creations.

In This Lesson

Students will create original line drawings and alliteration with a 3Doodler.


Use collaborative technologies to work with others, including peers, experts or community members, to examine issues and problems from multiple viewpoints.

In This Lesson

Students will seek feedback from peers before designing with a 3Doodler.

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