This activity includes 12 cards created based on the popular Top Trumps Game.
The cards are all different language feature (e.g. opinions, personification, direct address) which have four ratings on them, from one to ten.
Ten is the highest, one is the lowest.
This activity is best played in pairs or threes, and is a great starter activity or plenary. It is also good for revision!
This is an active activity, which really got my students thinking about why language features might be used.
Here are the instructions on how to play:
To start the game, shuffle and deal all the cards face down. Each player holds their cards so that they can see the top card only.
The player to the dealer’s left starts by reading out a category from the top card (e.g. Height, value 5) The other players then read out the same category from their cards. The one with the best or highest value wins, and that player collects all the top cards, including their own, and moves them to the bottom of their pile. It is then their turn again to choose a category from the next card.
If two or more cards share the top value or data is not available for that particular subject then all the cards are placed in the middle and the same player chooses again from the next card. The winner of the hand takes the cards in the middle as well.
The person with all the cards at the end is the winner.