During the World Cup I’ll be tweeting and blogging about ways that you can use the tournament to try to encourage children to want to read and write for pleasure. I’ve already created stories, resources and competitions that might work for you in schools, libraries and at home.

Please follow the #WorldCupReading hashtag and let me know what you’re up to, so that I can on to others too.

1  A free daily adventure story set in Russia, written as the events of the tournament play out. Available weekdays during the tournament from the National Literacy Trust website. https://literacytrust.org.uk/resources/defenders-russia-world-cup-2018-football-story/

Writing Competition. Visit the Kickaround magazine’s website to enter a World Cup writing competition, with some tips from me. https://www.kickaroundmag.co.uk/writing-competiton

3  A five-minute video from my YouTube channel – titled HOW TO BECOME A WORLD CUP EXPERT –  where I talk direct to children about how reading about the World Cup can up their game. [nearly ready]

4  Ten free World Cup writing exercises for the classroom: https://tompalmer.co.uk/wp-content/uploads/2018/04/World-Cup-football-writing-exercises.pdf.

SPAG worksheets based around my book Dead Ball, which is set during a major football tournament in Moscow. https://tompalmer.co.uk/wp-content/uploads/2018/05/Dead-Ball-SPAG-worksheet.pdf

Ideas from other schools and libraries about great World Cup reading displays, hosted on Pinterest: https://www.pinterest.co.uk/admintompalmer/school-displays/

7  A letter that your school can send home to parents, suggesting ideas about how they can support their child’s literacy through the World Cup: https://tompalmer.co.uk/wp-content/uploads/2018/05/World-Cup-letter-home.docx

8  I’ll be touring my World Cup Reading Game to 35 schools, libraries and book festivals during the tournament. Most of my events are in schools, but some for the public. You can find out when and where here: https://tompalmer.co.uk/meet-me/.

Toolkit of many more ideas about how to use the World Cup to inspire reading in the classroom, school hall, playground and beyond. https://tompalmer.co.uk/wp-content/uploads/2018/04/World-Cup-Toolkit.pdf

10  Follow the #WorldCupReading hashtag where I’ll be blogging, writing and tweeting highlighting what other people are up to.

For more information about the above – and for even more resources – please visit https://tompalmer.co.uk/world-cup-2018-literacy-resources/.  And please pass this on to anyone you think would like to read it.

Enjoy the World Cup.

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