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This game uses the basic concept of madlibs (see madlibs game suggested on this site) and adds a twist for more advanced learners. I used it with a class of high school seniors and got great results...

Using a basic story (horror, humor, love, etc...) take out random verbs, nouns, and adjectives, writing in the blank space what type of word must go there (eg. verb). I reccomend a maximum of two words a sentances or things get really complicated. I would also keep the story limited to about 6 sentences, unless you plan on spending a significant amount of time on the activity.

Write the story on the board, leaving blank those words you have removed. Have them work in pairs in order to boost creativity and enthusiasm. Tell the kids that they need to fill in the words in the story, noting if there are blanks where a word they have previously used must be used again (see below for example)... here´s the catch- the story can be as crazy and imaginitive as possible (points for the craziest) BUT it must make sense!

An short example:
I have decided to change professions. I no longer want to be a ______, so instead I think I´ll be a ________. When I start my new job as a _______, I will have to ________ often. My favorite part will probably be the _______ or maybe the new _______. Either way, I can´t sleep at night because I dream about ________ and _______ can´t wait until I start my life as a ________.

you can see that there are some nouns which must be repeated, for exapmle if you write "I think I´ll be a nurse." you must also fill in "to start my new job as a nurse." The paragraph above is rather dull as it doesn´t provide much room for creativity, but it only took me about 10 or 15 minutes to come up with a good one!

Good luck!
Cate Capsalis
Valparaíso, Chile

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