Consonance Lesson for Kids: Definition & Examples

Instructor: Shelly Merrell

Shelly has a Master's of Education. Most recent professional experience is an educational diagnostician. Prior, she taught for 8 years.

They stood on the road and cried. Bobby bumped into Patty while jumping into the boat. What do these sentences have in common? They have consonance. In today's lesson, you learn what consonance is and look at some fun examples!

What is Consonance?

Consonance is the repetition of the same consonant or consonant blend two or more times in a short phrase or sentence, like ''Thank you for the drink of water.'' Remember that consonants are all letters that are not vowels (not a, e, i, o, or u). Consonant blends are combinations like tt, bl, th, pl, and sc.

Some people say that it is consonance no matter where the sound is repeated, whether it's in the beginning, middle, or end of the word. But others think it's only consonance if it's found at the middle or end of the word. We will look at all types in this lesson!

The most important thing to know is that consonance is the repetition of the same consonant sound. The letters might be different and sound the same (like 'ff' and 'ph' in giraffe and elephant), but that's okay.

Examples

Look at these examples to see different kinds of consonance:

''The slug slithered slowly''

The 'sl' sound is found in the beginning of the words.

''The boy ate taffy, an elephant ear, and a waffle at the carnival!''

Even though 'ff' and 'ph' are different consonants, they make the same sound in the middle of these words!

''The dame drove her car home from Rome.''

The 'm' sound is noticed three times at the end of words in this sentence. (The 'e' is silent so the last sound is still 'm'.)

Consonant Blends

Let's see more examples of consonant blends:

''Those creepy crawly crabs creep me out!''

''The blistering wind made the blouse blow up.''

Consonance in Different Spots

The consonant sound can be repeated both in the beginning and end of words, and it's still consonance. Look at these examples:

''Soggy grass on summer days.''

''Moments after Mom called for Pam she mentioned the monkey.''

''Tammy talked twice on Tuesday about the jet to Nantucket.''

Multiple Consonance Sounds

Let's look at a sentence with more than one consonance sound:

''Pete heard the pitter patter of paws.''

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