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Practicing parts of speech using Mad Libs!
« on: April 23, 2015, 10:15:03 AM »
I remembered my English teacher from 7th grade who used Mad Libs- and it was fun! I thought using Mad Libs can also be a fun learning activity in ESL/EFL classrooms.
First, in case you are unfamiliar with Mad Libs- it is basically a very short story (length of one paragraph or even less) with a lot of blanks. Each blank is labeled with a part of speech such as “plural noun” or “-ing ending verb.” So, the point is to come up with random word for each blank with appropriate part of speech- but person filling in the blank do not know how the story will go! When you finish filling in the blank, here comes the fun part- read the story with all of the blanks filled in. The end product is usually funny (since the story will usually sound ridiculous).

So for a class usage, you could first teach parts of speech, and as a review activity, you could have students fill in the blank to quiz if they can remember parts of speech.

Even more, Mad Libs can be a good practice for cultural learning. There are Mad Libs with multiple themes, including American holidays. After learning about certain American cultural event, students could enjoy Mad Libs so they know why it is funny (for example, the end product may sound like, “sweet zombie at a beach on the night of Halloween” and after learning actual Halloween culture, they know that’s funny because Halloween is actually associated with scary, creepy atmosphere).

Now I realize if you want to use Mad Libs, you need access to Mad Libs!
While you could make your original Mad Libs, there are resources out there that you can easily use. Below are some links I found, with a little bit of explanation of what you can find in each website.

Official website for the original Mad Libs
http://www.madlibs.com/
---This is the official website for the original founder of Mad Libs. There is almost no free resource unfortunately, but you can look through all the published Mad Libs books. Each book is usually about $4.00, so it’s not that bad!

Printable Mad Libs
http://www.teach-nology.com/worksheets/language_arts/madlibs/
---This is from Teach-nology. It lists many Mad Libs worksheets that you can print out!

Online Mad Libs
http://www.eduplace.com/tales/
---This is an online version of Mad Libs. It is targeted for fairly young age (starting at 3rd grade), so you can find many Mad Libs that are not too complicated. It is easy to use, since you can just type in an answer in each blank, and after filling in each blank, you can just see the end product by one click! This can be useful to fill in the last awkward 5 minutes left in your class.

Another online Mad Libs
http://www.redkid.net/madlibs/
---This is similar to the above online Mad Libs, but this seems more like a personal website created for a classroom. It works similarly though, to the above website.

I hope you find this useful, and decide to go mad with your students! :)

Nagi