Paraprosdokians: A Figurative Language Speaking Practice Game

The Gaming Grammarian
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8th - 12th, Adult Education
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9 pages
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Description

This board game allows students to practice reading and speaking by explaining paraprosdokians. Paraprosdokians are figures of speech in which the second part of the sentence or phrase is surprising or unexpected, causing the reader/listener to reevaluate their understanding of the first part. They are often quite humorous as well. In this game, students read a paraprosdokians and then have to, in their own words, explain why it is surprising or unexpected. It’s a great way to give students lengthier, unscripted speaking practice and the linguistic complexity of these figures of speech provides enough challenge for even my advanced students. The game includes 42 different paraprosdokians, so you don’t need to worry about students repeating one another’s answers.

Materials Needed & Not Included:

1. Dice– one die per group of students

2. Player Pieces– one per player, popular options in my class include plastic counter circles, mini erasers, and milk jug lids.

Preparation:

Print the game board and cards. You will need one set for each group of students. I highly recommend laminating them for durability (cold lamination is great because it is thicker and doesn’t peel when cut through). I also recommend printing each set on a different color cardstock so when you find a lost card on the floor at the end of the day you know which set it belongs to.

Directions for Play:

1. Pass out a game set (1 board & card set, 1 number cube, enough place markers for all students in group) to each group of students.

2. The first person takes a card and reads the paraprosdokian. He/she explains why the paraprosdokian is surprising, unexpected, and/or humorous.

3. If able to explain the paraprosdokian, the student rolls the die and moves his/her piece. If not correct, the student remains on the same square.

4. The first player to reach finish is the winner.

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9 pages
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Standards

to see state-specific standards (only available in the US).
Demonstrate understanding of figurative language, word relationships, and nuances in word meanings.
Interpret figures of speech (e.g., verbal irony, puns) in context.
Demonstrate understanding of figurative language, word relationships, and nuances in word meanings.
Interpret figures of speech (e.g., euphemism, oxymoron) in context and analyze their role in the text.
Demonstrate understanding of figurative language, word relationships, and nuances in word meanings.

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