Consonance Lesson Plan

Instructor: Sharon Linde

Sharon has a Masters of Science in Mathematics

Use this lesson plan to teach students about consonance. Students will watch a video lesson defining the term, explaining its use and sharing examples so students get a comprehensive understanding. An independent writing activity helps reinforce the lesson material.

Learning Objectives

After this lesson, students will be able to:

  • define consonance
  • identify examples of consonance in writing
  • demonstrate understanding of consonance by writing samples


50 minutes for lesson plus time for independent writing


  • Sets of index cards containing words with exact and near rhymes, one set for each small group
  • Samples of poems with consonance

Key Vocabulary

  • Rhyme
  • Exact rhyme
  • Near rhyme
  • Consonance

Curriculum Standards

  • CCSS.ELA-Literacy.W.7.4

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

  • CCSS.ELA-Literacy.W.7.5

With some guidance and support from peers and adults, develop and strengthen writing as needed by planning, revising, editing, rewriting, or trying a new approach, focusing on how well purpose and audience have been addressed.


  • Start the lesson by dividing students into small groups and giving each group a set of prepared index cards. Instruct groups to sort the cards into pairs.
  • As students work, walk around to guide learning.
  • When groups are finished, have them share their strategy and pairs. Discuss how some pairs rhyme and others almost rhyme.
  • Tell students they will be learning about consonance and preview the vocabulary, then start the lesson Consonance in Literature: Definition & Examples.
  • Pause at 1:04 and define vocabulary. See if students want to change any of their pair sorts in light of the new information.
  • Resume the lesson and have students identify examples of consonance as it plays.
  • Pause at 4:34 and ask:
    • Why do some authors use consonance instead of real rhyme?
    • How does reading poetry with consonance impact you as a reader?
  • Now, divide students into partners and give them poems that contain consonance. Instruct them to identify examples of consonance.
  • When partners are finished, have them meet with another group that worked on the same poem, then review as a whole class.
  • Play the remainder of the lesson and take the quiz to check understanding.

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