First Day of Class: “Mad Libs” Activity

June 16, 2010
By Rachel

Need a quick activity idea to get students speaking to each other? Bonus if the activity is a quick review of some grammatical terms? Enter Mad Libs, that fill-in-the-blanks game that most students will be familiar with from their childhood. Mad Libs has seen a recent comeback among adults and I’ve even spotted them in hip East Village shops and places like Urban Outfitters.

The idea is simple: in partners, one student provides words that are specific parts of speech (noun, adjective, adverb, etc.) or vocabulary (name of a country, etc.) while the second student writes them down to fill in the blanks of a story. I’ve adapted this idea in French to use on the first day of class. The story the students “write” is entitled “Qui suis-je?” and they seem to find the resulting meaning entertaining.

You can download the file I created for this exercise here. You’ll only need to print out half as many copies as you have students.

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One Response to “ First Day of Class: “Mad Libs” Activity ”

  1. Adam Mcilhenny on August 16, 2012 at 3:49 pm

    Absolutely love this. Any more??

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