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Infinitive Madlib


SUBMITTED BY: Brenton Gettmann



GRAMMAR: Basic Infinitive Verb

EXAMPLE: I use a computer to play games.

DATE ADDED: Aug 23, 2011


30-40 min.
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BRIEF OUTLINE: Students will (hopefully) make a funny story using the template of a Madlib that uses the target grammar.



  • InfinitiveMadlib  attachment: Includes madlib handout and translations slips. For the slips, there are 4 to a page. There are page numbers on the Madlib. Those refer to the New Horizon series textbooks.



  1. After passing out the worksheet to students and telling them to fold it in half so that they can't see the area that says Madlib, explain to them to fill in the the section labeled "Words" with random words that fit the grammatical functions that are written in Japanese. Tell them not to think too hard about it. Just write anything that comes to mind. Give them about 10 minutes to do so.
    • 01. Person or characters name
    • 02. A different person or character's name
    • 03. Place or location
    • 04. Verb
    • 05. Noun
    • 06. Adjective
    • 07. Something you can ride on or in (car, etc.)
    • 08. Place or location
    • 09. Verb
    • 10. Noun
  2. Now tell them to put the words that they just wrote in to the appropriate numbered locations on the bottom half of their worksheet labeled "Madlib." Give them about 5-7 minutes for this.
  3. Tell them to make groups and read their stories to each other. This should take 10-15 minutes.
  4. After they have finished that, pass out the translation slip and have them fill in the words that they wrote in English in to the appropriate numbered locations on the Japanese translation sheet, but in Japanese. This will give them full comprehension of what they wrote down.



  • Do a demo of the first half of the activity (the writing words portion) before you have your students do it, to show them that they can use really random words.
  • After you tell them that the words that they wrote will become a strange story, read your story to them.



  • I put the verb translations on the worksheet for students to be able to quickly translate their stories without having to look through their glossary.

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