About pattersonmalvern

I am a teacher at Malvern Collegiate Institute. This is a blog to help students keep track of their work.

Reminder for Next Week

Hi Writer Nerds,

Just a reminder that next week we’ve got a couple of pretty important classes.


Peer Editing Day. Make sure to bring 2 copies of your character piece to class. Please do not come to class with an excuse about why it’s not printed or showing me you have it on your phone or a million other things. If you have a problem solve it or come see me in the morning or something.

Continue reading


Prompt 4: 6 word story

Our next unit is going to be a focus on story. This means the prompts are going to move away from a focus on word choice and towards story choice. However, to bridge this divide, I’ve decided to start with a prompt that requires both.

Continue reading

Public Speaking Day 1: A few intro games

Hey Gang,

With your letter imminent and your questions well into being marked (I promise!), we’re going to move onto the final part of this unit: Public Speaking. The goal of this unit is to end with you giving a persuasive speech to the class. You will show your argument skills picked up in part one and your ability to use the rhetorical devices from part two. However, before we get there, we need to get familiar with what makes an effective speaker.

Continue reading

Prompt 3: 5 Rapid Fire Character Sketches

He punks,

The other day we practiced throwing together a quick character sketch using an activity from James Patterson’s Master Class on writing. Today we’re going take that activity to the next level – or, to be more precise, up 5 levels.┬áToday I want you to come up with 5 characters in 20 minutes and a premise that ties them together. Each character should have a name and three defining traits, whatever you wish them to be.

Continue reading