Activity Types: MADLibs

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What is a MADlib?

A MADlib is a special word game where the reader is asked to provide a list of words that meet certain criteria (such as provide an adjective, the name of a fruit). These words are then inserted into a story or situation paragraph where the author, or "madlibber" has removed every fifth word or so! Once the reader has provided the "madlibber" with a list of words, the "madlibber" uses words from the list to replace the missing words in the paragraph--often with surprising results! This type of activity provides excellent practice for identifying parts of speech and reading comprehension practice, but is a very short activity.

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Brock University
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University of Texas at Austin (retired)
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