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Marvel creator Stan Lee used alliterative names like Peter Parker in his comic books so he could remember them better: Should examples like this be used in school to encourage kids with memory or learning problems?

Marvel creator Stan Lee used alliterative names like Peter Parker in his comic books so he could remember them better: Should examples like this be used in school to encourage kids with memory or learning problems?
  • They are good tools to have.

    For kids with trouble remembering certain things it is necessary to teach them tools on how to remember things better. Teaching kids to remember things by associating them with other things will help them remember and possibly never forget them. Stan Lee is a genius and whatever works for him should be more than sufficient for anybody else out there.

  • It's a good learning strategy for some

    Yes, alliteration is a good technique to use to help kids with memory or learning problems. We also use other "tricks" like rhymes and acronyms, but any strategies that can help with learning and can help children feel more confident in school are worth pursuing. Alliteration is definitely a good one to use, especially for younger children.

  • Yes, alliteration works.

    Yes, because alliteration is a proven memory tool. Dating back to ancient England and Scandinavia, Old English poetry was written with a heavy emphasis on alliteration. Because Old English had few rhyming words, alliteration took the place of rhyme and helped poets (called skalds) memorize and recite poetry of incredible length. Later, the plays of Shakespeare's time employed alliteration along with a verse scheme that helped actors memorize their parts. The English alliterative tradition continued until very recently in the early twentieth century, when it was dismissed as hackneyed and old-fashioned. That is why alliteration may sound strange or overdone to our ears. To people who have difficulty memorizing or learning, alliteration can be a blessing. Its original function in English writing was to facilitate learning and memorization; we should bring that back.

  • Yes it should.

    This is a clever idea, and one that could help many students who are having trouble with memory. Tricks and tips like this are things that teachers can use to help their students. Alliteration could help students memorize things by paring two words together and making them easier to remember because they stand out.

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