Toolbox on…Creative reading resources

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Creative reading toolbox
Creative reading toolbox

Good morning, afternoon or evening, everybody!

This is the first of a series of posts devoted on sharing resources and materials. I have entitled them “Toolbox”, because that’s what they are thought to be.

As I mentioned in my previous post, I am now involved in compiling resources and materials I have been using (or I would like to try out) to make a more creative reading and writing classroom in Primary and Secondary school. It may be the case that these resources are applicable to a university context too. In my case, as I’m training future teachers, I make them aware of the importance of knowing and using as many didactic tools as possible.

The resources I’m about to share were organised for the MA’s subject I’m lecturing at the Universidad de Alcalá (Madrid) on how to make a creative use of short stories. They go around three main topics:

– the use of ICT in the reading classroom. I consider it essential to blend ICT with reading. If well integrated, students work with many more language skills and develop high-order thinking abilities.

literature/literary circles. Extensive reading has proved to be a useful tool to make our students improve their communicative abilities, and this is one way of doing it.

readers’ theatre. I have been using readers’ theatre with secondary students, and I plan to design a project for my University students next course. This gives us the opportunity to work on intonation, pronunciation, and true comprehension.

I have compiled all these resources using a Symbaloo you can access here. My next toolbox will be focused on online stories you can use with children at infant and primary level (EFL and bilingual contexts).

Do not hesitate to contact me if you would like to make a suggestion or question. This is an open space for all of us to share experiences and opinions.

Have a nice day!

Note: the toolbox image has been taken from



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