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Wednesday English.

Pattern of Three

Today in English we are going to use this pattern to extend our sentences. This also gives a sense of pace to your writing and balances your writing with description and action.


She had found it lying alone, deserted, abandoned in the attic. After making the discovery, Anna had gazed and marvelled at it for some time. Where had it come from? Why had no dust settled upon it, as it had done over everything else that resided in her attic? A layer of the thick dust blanketed the attic floor, and as the sunlight glared through the attic windows, the dust particles yet to settle were illuminated as they hovered in the stuffy air. Yet, the mirror looked flawless, untouched by age, not a finger print in sight.

Anna propped the mirror up against one of the thick, timber beams that jutted from the attic floor. Settling down into a comfortable position, she tentatively placed a finger against the glass…

In the story starter, we have highlighted where they have used the pattern of three. Can you spot any others?


Your task today:

Refer to yesterday’s planning of the setting of where you started from and where you now find yourself. We would like you to add sentences to this, using this pattern of three.

  • Gingerly, Anna placed a finger on the mirror, held her breath and watched the ripples grow on the surface.
  • She felt a rushing wind, followed by blackness and her whole-body whirling, tumbling falling.
  • Think of at least six sentences which would work for your setting and provide a sense of pace with description and action.


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