with Bruce Van Patter 2007-2008 School Visits

My visit to Mountview Road School!

What a great day! Check out these stories:

The four ingredients: a zebra on a farm who wants a weapon up against a super bear

The story: Someone's been stealing the farmer's chickens. He's got to find out who! So he waits one early morning and finds a superhero bear grabbing a chicken.

What's he going to do? He can't throw a pitchfork at him -- he might hurt his chicken. So he grabs a pie he baked, smothers it in honey and throws it in his face! Then the bear decides he likes honey pie better than chicken and comes every Saturday night for dessert.

In addition to all the free material on this site, I have downloadable books that are perfect for keeping kids writing in school or at home!

(click on books to see)

The Adventures of Pirate Dog
Picture prompts are a great way to inspire kids to write! Here are 26 of my best drawings with fun, pre-writing worksheets

Write Your Own
Cartoons!
Kids can add the
dialogue and their special touches to my funny comic strips filled with wacky characters!

Sparks: Year One
Here’s a fantastic resource for teachers: a whole year of weekly creative writing lessons built around wacky holidays!

More to come!


The four ingredients: a rich girl in an underground sea looking for a vacation with a silly sidekick

The story: Where can a girl go who has visited every place on the planet? Someplace inside the planet! And, of course, she takes her hairdresser with her.

As they're cruising the underground ocean, they bump into a hideous creature. But wait! The girl loves the creature's hair. But will she be able to get her own hair to look like that?

Only her hairdresser knows for sure!

(And if you know that reference, you're at least as old as I am!)

Here are some doodles that were done in the older assembly using the same starting shape.

The last one, to the right, is mine.

Workshop stories

In all my travels, I've never worked on a caveman story. When we had this funny, wonderful drawing created for us by one talented girl, we had to steer clear of making cavemen like the Geiko commercials. I think we did a good job. our caveman invents music. He teaches himself how to sing.

But he longs to have someone accompany him, so he sets off on a quest for someone who has invented instrumental music. On a distant island, he finds a drummer. The problem is clear in the picture. The guy's rhythm is fine. His choice of drums is not!


We had a great doodle of a yelling guy to start with and we had many good ideas in our brainstorming, but this story never quite came together. We had a young man who keeps hearing noises in his house and searches all around to find the source of the noise. He's got a temper, though, so he's easily frustrated as he finds things wrong.

It turns out that it's just his girlfriend's cat that's making all the trouble. He better not get made at her cute pet!


And since it was the day before Groundhog's Day, we made up a story about a groundhog with a crazy cool underground house. He has a whole troop of trained worms who go out and gather treasures for him.

But the word gets out about his underground secrets. A scheming raccoon wants them.

What I've pictured here is the raccoon falling into a trap dug for him by the worms. And you thought wormholes were only in outerspace!

This is what I love about working with kids. Strange creatures with hair styles, groundhogs with trained worms, and cavemen that sing. When you have imaginations like these students, anything can happen in a story.

Hey, kids, put your ideas down in stories. Draw them, write them, share them. Your ideas are too great to keep locked up inside you. Let them out!

Keep being creative, and check out the fun stuff on my site!

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