Creative writing

These are the activities I usually use for Creative Writing:

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  1. Finish the sentence and continue the story.
  2. The magic box: take out some objects you previously put in a box and ask students to write a story with them.
  3. Guess what happened: use some pictures about the same persons in different situations and recreate the story behind them.
  4. A letter to an invisible friend about a specific topic.
  5. Send a mail to your favourite writer/actor, etc.
  6. Detective story: missing things in a museum and some clues in order to create a story.




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The Girl on the Train

The Book or the Movie?

What is your favourite?


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The Girl on the Train by Paula Hawkins


The journey takes Rachel along the backs of houses on the street where she used to live. Unable to look at number 23, her old home, where ex-husband Tom now lives with new wife Anna, she focuses instead on number 15. She has become obsessed with the beautiful young couple living there, whom she names Jess and Jason. Rachel looks out for the pair every day, daydreaming about their perfect lives. Until one day she sees something that startles her in their garden, and when she reads in the paper that “Jess” – who is really called Megan – has vanished, she decides to tip off the police. She is convinced that “Jason”, now the prime suspect – and really called Scott – would never harm his beloved wife.

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Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn

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Gone Girl switches between Nick’s narrative, as the hunt for the beautiful, blond Amy consumes the attention of America’s media, and Amy’s diary, as she writes about the early days of their relationship. “Tra and la! I am smiling a big adopted-orphan smile as I write this… I met a boy!” she says. And then later: “He promised to take care of me, and yet I feel afraid.”

Gradually the two stories begin to converge. The pointed finger of media – and police – blame starts to swing Nick’s way, and he doesn’t endear himself to his readers as a hint of misogyny enters his tone. Women have “girl brain[s]” and female scents, “vaginal and strangely lewd”. He lies to the police: little lies that don’t really matter, but why is he doing it? And there’s something odd about Amy’s diary too; her version of the events of their past is different from Nick’s, fails to ring quite true, grates in its perfection. We begin to see flashes of the darkness which lies in the cracks of this seemingly perfect marriage: where is Amy, and who is telling the truth?


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Reading: The Bristol Skipchen




We are an anti-food waste campaign, with aims.

  • We stop food waste by connecting with people along the food system supply chain, having conversations about the problem of waste and collecting their surplus. These people could be individuals or corporations, waste occurs along the entire supply chain
  • We feed this surplus food to people, as that is why it was grown in the first place
  • We educate & raise awareness of this global issue in a variety of ways to spread the message that there needs to be a collective effort to stop waste
  • We are communicating our cause to organisations with a role to play making the future less wasteful, including supermarkets, growers, shops, distribution centres and individuals
  • We aim to create a sense of community wherever we are, this means giving energy and hope to places we all live, gathering resources available, sharing ideas, building solidarity with organisations and people & seeing community as the most important capital we need!


Food waste is the symptom not the problem. So many campaigns fall in to the trap of compartmentalising the cause they are focusing on and trying to address it as a stand alone issue. This is easily done and takes a lot of thought and measured action to be avoided. We cannot solve food waste unless we solve the wider problems within our food production and consumption system, and those problems are in turn embedded within a wider system.

We use food waste as a way of highlighting these wider issues, our logic being, if we can get people riled up against food waste and we can show them that it cannot be solved alone we can hope that more and more people will start to demand the systemic change needed to provide social and environmental justice for our planet.

Food waste is not just wasted food. We are wasting water, energy, land and most of all human life and wildlife. Every calorie that is mindlessly binned could have gone to sustaining a human life and in a natural system there is no such thing as ‘waste’.

The main weapon we possess in this war on waste is our sense, whether it be our sense of injustice to see how wrong our current system is or our common sense to know when milk is off! Don’t let corporations or governments tell you what to eat and when to eat it!! If we want to reclaim the power over our food system we need to start byreclaiming our senses!!

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Agriculture and the New Digital Age

Session 1

ted 1: Mark Bittman – What’s wrong with the food we eat

ted 2: Andras Forgacs – Leather and meat without killing animals

youtube video: Mark’s bread

  • Discussion and debate on the topics
  • Write some comments or some conclusions about the topics discussed at the class


Session 2

ted 1: Stefano Mancuso – The roots of plant intelligence

ted 2: Vijay Kumar – The future of flying robots

youtube video: Organic Rooftop Farming in Chicago

  • Discussion and debate on the topics
  • Write some comments or some conclusions about the topics discussed at the class

Session 3

ted 1: Maurice Conti – Augmented Intelligence

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  • Discussion and debate on the topics
  • Write some comments or some conclusions about the topics discussed at the class

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How to solve problems…

This ted was recommended today at a convention on school libraries and I found it quite relevant for our task, as teachers.


Sometimes, we deal with lots of problems at work and managing our classes and students can become a daylight nightmare….

So, the solution might be found behing this simple experiment suggested by Tom Wujec in his ted:

Got a wicked problem? First, tell me how you make toast
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I was doing some research about posters or controversial ads/posters and I found some that can be challenging for a Speaking class.

They can be used for different topics and can be of great help in classes with adults or with very advanced students of English.


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Useful link!






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