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Mad About Parts of Speech

Stefanie Bozeman


Students review and use the different parts of speech using Mad Libs or Web Libs. They also utilize creative writing skills by providing the most interesting word(s) for the story line.


The student uses various parts of speech correctly in written work (including but not limited to subject and verb agreement, common noun and pronoun agreement, possessive forms, the comparative and superlative of adjectives and adverbs).

The student identifies and uses the patterns and rules of the English language (for example, grammar usage, word pronunciation).


- At least one Mad Lib story per student. These can be purchased through several different publishers, such as Scholastic. If the teacher can access the Web, he/she may print out different Web Libs or have students work directly at the computer.
-Pencils for students
-White erasable board, chalkboard, or an overhead projector
-Chalk or dry erase marker


1. Purchase enough Mad Lib books to have at least one story per student, or access the Web to download and print individual stories (see Weblink).
2. Create example sentences to introduce the fill-in-the-blank stories to the class.
3. If extending as a contest, determine what the criteria (humor, drama, etc.) and prizes will be for the winners from each class.


1. Announce to students the class will review the main parts of speech (noun, pronoun, verb, adjective, adverb) and then will begin an unusual story writing activity. Advise students that there will be opportunities to read finished writings aloud. Students will be asked to critique volunteers and determine if the parts of speech are used correctly.

2. Begin by asking students to identify the main parts of speech. When a student identifies a part of speech, ask for several examples and have students correctly use them in a sentence.

3. After students have sufficiently reviewed the main parts of speech, model sentences that are missing certain parts of speech on the board or on an overhead projector. When each has been correctly completed, announce that the activity will now begin.

4. Explain to students that the activity will be similar to the practice sentences done with the entire class. The finished stories are expected to be a little outrageous, but must make sense, be respectful, and follow all rules pertaining to the parts of speech.

5. Distribute individual Mad Lib or Web Lib sheets to the students.

6. After all students have finished, ask for volunteers to read their stories aloud to the rest of the class. Have students give suggestions for any incorrect placements and then have the student reading re-read his/her story using the suggestions.


Students participate in the class discussion and should be able to correctly recognize nouns, pronouns, verbs, adjectives, and adverbs. Students utilize correct noun/pronoun agreement, subject/verb agreement, and a variety of adjective and adverb usage. Students should be able to correctly choose the appropriate part of speech for at least 80% of the fill-in-the-blanks. This lesson will not address the entire standard since possessive form and punctuation are not normally utilized in Mad Libs.


1. If desired, teachers can initiate a contest to find the funniest story. The story must still make sense and follow the rules for parts of speech. Students can score each story on a scale from 1-10, with 10 being the funniest. The top 3 can then be given another Mad Lib or Web Lib to complete and the winner will be chosen from these final three contestants.
2. If students do not meet the 80% requirement, teachers can choose to pair the lower level student with a higher level to complete more Mad Libs.
3. If students cannot read well, teachers can choose to read the Mad Lib to the individual student and have the student determine what word to fill in the blank
4. Students can work in groups to complete more Mad Libs if time permits.
5. Students can try writing their own paragraphs and deleting all of the nouns or verbs or adjectives. These can then be exchanged with a partner to enjoy the results.

Web Links

Web supplement for Mad About Parts of Speech
Story Fun with Mad Libs

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