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25 Story Starters

COMPLEX SENTENCES: Teach students to create and punctuate complex sentences using these story starters. Only three subordinate conjunctions will be used: Since, Although & When (SAW Strategy). Instructions: 1) Students copy one complex sentence story starter onto a notebook page. 2) Students add a character name in the blank(s), if provided. 3) Students must circle the comma after the subordinate/dependent clause. 4) Students continue the story for 12 minutes. 5) Students share.


25 Story Starters

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STORY STARTER: When _______ found the bottle near the shoreline, he felt compelled to read the note which had been tucked inside it. **Common Core State Standards: L.1, W.3, W.10, SL.4 (uses clauses/transitions/commas, writes routinely within time frames, uses adequate volume) No link available. Have longer lessons delivered to your inbox monthly by clicking elaseminars.com/...

STORY STARTER: Although _______ couldn't explain it, she knew there was something disturbing about Mr.Finney's apple orchard. **Common Core State Standards: L.1, W.3, W.10, SL.4 (uses clauses/transitions/commas, writes routinely within time frames, uses adequate volume) Lesson link: pinterest.com/... (Photo source and blog link on puns provided below) Have longer lessons delivered to your inbox monthly by clicking elaseminars.com/...

STORY STARTER: Since _____________was known for his crazy antics, his mother was not surprised when she found him pinned to the clothes line in the back yard.**CCSS: L.1, W.3, W.10, SL.4 (uses clauses/transitions/commas, writes routinely within time frames, uses adequate volume) Lesson link: pinterest.com/... (Photo source below) Have longer lessons delivered to your inbox monthly by clicking elaseminars.com/...

STORY STARTER: Although the two men appeared to be public entertainers, the fact that they avoided having their picture taken aroused my suspicious nature. **CCSS: L.1, W.3, W.10, SL.4 (uses clauses/transitions/commas, writes routinely within time frames, uses adequate volume) Lesson link: pinterest.com/... (Photo source and blog link on puns provided below) Have longer lessons delivered to your inbox monthly by clicking elaseminars.com/...

More puns, please - In Our Write Minds

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STORY STARTER: When I spotted__________wandering through my backyard, I realized he was no ordinary turtle. **Common Core State Standards:L.1, W.3, W.10, SL.4 (uses clauses/transitions/commas, writes routinely within time frames, uses adequate volume) Lesson link: pinterest.com/... (Photo source link provided below) Have longer lessons delivered to your inbox monthly by clicking elaseminars.com/...

cute, cuter, and cutest

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STORY STARTER: When ___________ ignored the "Enter At Your Own Risk" sign on Mr. Sedgewick's property line, she had no idea what the consequences would be. CCSS: L.1, W.3, W.10, SL.4 (uses clauses/transitions/commas, writes routinely within time frames, uses adequate volume) Lesson link: pinterest.com/... (Photo source provided below) Have longer lessons delivered to your inbox monthly by clicking elaseminars.com/...

  • Barb Jones
    Barb Jones

    Awesome I love this line.

  • Janice Malone, ELA Seminars, LLC
    Janice Malone, ELA Seminars, LLC

    Thanks!

STORY STARTER: Although __________ always suspected that something was living under her bed, she never had proof until the night of her eighth birthday. **CCSS: L.1, W.3, W.10, SL.4 (uses clauses/transitions/commas, writes routinely within time frames, uses adequate volume) Lesson link: pinterest.com/... (Photo source below) Have longer lessons delivered to your inbox monthly by clicking elaseminars.com/...

Childhood Fears Recreated As Photographs | Geekologie

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  • Lauren
    Lauren

    A creature, tall and lanky, emerged from behind the pink dust ruffle. Its humongous hands were stretched wide and menacing. It brought a long, dirty fingernail under her chin. Aspen could feel her blood running cold.

  • Lauren
    Lauren

    "Hello, you pretty little thing," the creature hissed. The lamp on Aspen's bedside table flickered on for half a second, allowing her to see the big lifeless eyes that were penetrating her soul. The electricity buzzed and Aspen was plunged into darkness again.

  • Lauren
    Lauren

    "No need to be afraid, we don't like our hearts petrified, now do we? No. We want them warm and beating when we have a little midnight snack of them!"

  • Lauren
    Lauren

    What happens next?

  • Janice Malone, ELA Seminars, LLC
    Janice Malone, ELA Seminars, LLC

    Oh my gosh, Lauren. Thank you for this amazing extended story starter!

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STORY STARTER: Since the instructions in the briefcase were clear, ____________slid the sealed envelope under the red door. #Common Core State Standards: L.1, W.3, W.10, SL.4 (uses clauses/transitions/commas, writes routinely within time frames, uses adequate volume) Lesson link: pinterest.com/... (Photo source link provided below) Have longer lessons delivered to your inbox monthly by clicking elaseminars.com/...

17 Beautiful Home Doors - Enpundit

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  • Erin Heuker
    Erin Heuker

    These are great, thank you! I am going to use them for my upper elementary and middle school keyboarders when they are sick of typing my words.

  • Jenn Wood
    Jenn Wood

    Thank you from my middle school writers!

  • Janice Malone, ELA Seminars, LLC
    Janice Malone, ELA Seminars, LLC

    I'm so happy you are using these. Thanks for the comment!

STORY STARTER: Although the message on his voicemail was scratchy, _____________heard the words “ _________________” and decided to investigate. **Common Core State Standards:L.1, W.3, W.10, SL.4 (uses clauses/transitions/commas, writes routinely within time frames, uses adequate volume) Lesson link: pinterest.com/... (Photo source link not available)

STORY STARTER: When the tree house appeared in his back yard, _________ decided to find out if there was anyone inside. **Common Core State Standards: L.1, W.3, W.10, SL.4 (uses clauses/transitions/commas, writes routinely within time frames, uses adequate volume) Lesson link: pinterest.com/... (Photo source link provided below) Sweden / Have longer lessons delivered to your inbox monthly by clicking elaseminars.com/...

Amazing Rainbow: Develop Conscious Habits

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STORY STARTER: Although __________had never seen this house before, something about it seemed oddly familiar. **Common Core State Standards: L.1, W.3, W.10, SL.4 (uses clauses/transitions/commas, writes routinely within time frames, uses adequate volume) Lesson link: pinterest.com/... (Photo source link provided below) Have longer lessons delivered to your inbox monthly by clicking elaseminars.com/...

KOMMA HEM...: The Story of Grey Gardens...

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  • Paula D
    Paula D

    3 more payments and it's all ours!

  • KELLY WILSON
    KELLY WILSON

    where is this place? Do they take rsvp's? Really cool photo

  • Janice Malone, ELA Seminars, LLC
    Janice Malone, ELA Seminars, LLC

    I'm pretty sure it's located in upstate New York.

STORY STARTER: When he opened the tiny letter postmarked December 18, 2025,________ finally understood the meaning of his recurring dream. **CCSS: L.1, W.3, W.10, SL.4 (uses clauses/transitions/commas, writes routinely within time frames, uses adequate volume) Lesson link: pinterest.com/... (Photo source link provided below) Have longer lessons delivered to your inbox monthly by clicking elaseminars.com/...

The World's Smallest Post Service Kit from Chronicle Books

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  • Jacqueline Rhoades
    Jacqueline Rhoades

    Very nice work!

  • Janice Malone, ELA Seminars, LLC
    Janice Malone, ELA Seminars, LLC

    Thank you! This is one of my favorite boards :-)

STORY STARTER: Although the genie lamp had brought her nothing but trouble, ________knew she had to make one more wish. **Common Core State Standards: L.1, W.3, W.10, SL.4 (uses clauses/transitions/commas, writes routinely within time frames, uses adequate volume) Lesson link: pinterest.com/... (Photo source link provided below) Have longer lessons delivered to your inbox monthly by clicking elaseminars.com/...

STORY STARTER: When ________ saw the smoke rising from the tiny reptile's head, he placed the creature in a box and headed for the lab. **Common Core State Standards: L.1, W.3, W.10, SL.4 (uses clauses/transitions/commas, writes routinely within time frames, uses adequate volume) Lesson link: pinterest.com/... (Photo source link provided below) Have longer lessons delivered to your inbox monthly by clicking elaseminars.com/...

STORY STARTER: Although _______had only fifteen minutes of oxygen left in his tank, he refused to return to the ship. **Common Core State Standards: L.1, W.3, W.10, SL.4 (uses clauses/transitions/commas, writes routinely within time frames, uses adequate volume) Lesson link: pinterest.com/... (Photo source link provided below) Bahamas Have longer lessons delivered to your inbox monthly by clicking elaseminars.com/...

  • Maria Marbles
    Maria Marbles

    My daughter did this and she loved it she was so descriptive and I wanted to read more

STORY STARTER: When our father took us to the treehouse he had just built,_______ and I stood speechlees, staring at the hideous structure before us. **Common Core State Standards: L.1, W.3, W.10, SL.4 (uses clauses/transitions/commas, writes routinely within time frames, uses adequate volume) Lesson link: pinterest.com/... (Photo source link provided below) Have longer lessons delivered to your inbox monthly by clicking elaseminars.com/...

STORY STARTER: Since I was the last one to see________before he disappeared, I knew the police would have to question me. **Common Core State Standards: L.1, W.3, W.10, SL.4 (uses clauses/transitions/commas, writes routinely within time frames, uses adequate volume) Lesson link: pinterest.com/... (Photo source link provided below) Have longer lessons delivered to your inbox monthly by clicking elaseminars.com/...

STORY STARTER: Although everything about Lily Devereaux seemed normal, she was actually the farthest thing from it. **Common Core State Standards: L1, W3, W10, SL4 (uses clauses/transitions/commas, writes routinely within time frames, uses adequate volume) Lesson link: pinterest.com/... (Photo source link provided below) Have longer lessons delivered to your inbox monthly by clicking elaseminars.com/...

Stephanie Jager Photography

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STORY STARTER: When ___________placed his hand on the doorknob, a tingling sensation spread throughout his body. **Common Core State Standards: L.1, W.3, W.10, SL.4 (uses clauses/transitions/commas, writes routinely within time frames, uses adequate volume) Lesson link: pinterest.com/... (Photo source link provided below) Have longer lessons delivered to your inbox monthly by clicking elaseminars.com/...

STORY STARTER: When ________ found the opening in the garden wall that was not there yesterday, she knew exactly what she had to do. **Common Core State Standards: L1, W3, W10, SL4 (uses clauses/transitions/commas, writes routinely within time frames, uses adequate volume) Lesson link: pinterest.com/... (Photo source link provided below) Have longer lessons delivered to your inbox monthly by clicking elaseminars.com/...

STORY STARTER: When ________ and________ attached the helium ballons to our house, nobody was prepared for the adventure that followed. Common Core State Standards: L1, W3, W10, SL4 (uses clauses/transitions/commas, writes routinely within time frames, uses adequate volume) Lesson link: pinterest.com/... (Photo source link provided below) Have longer lessons delivered to your inbox monthly by clicking elaseminars.com/...

Up-Inspired Floating House (14 photos)

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  • Merryn Watts
    Merryn Watts

    I sat bolt upright in bed. “What was that?” I said to myself. The house shuddered and let out another loud groan. Throwing back the covers, I ran to the open window. Not believing what I had seen, I rubbed the sleep out of my eyes to take another look...

STORY STARTER: Although _________ did not believe in ghosts, it was hard to dismiss the occasional appearance and disappearance of the girl in the white chiffon dress.**Common Core State Standards:L.1, W.3, W.10, SL.4 (uses clauses/transitions/commas, writes routinely within time frames, uses adequate volume) Lesson link: pinterest.com/... (Photo source link provided below) Have longer lessons delivered to your inbox monthly by clicking elaseminars.com/...

STORY STARTER: Since ________knew the amusement park had been closed for several months, the sound of carnival music and the sudden appearance of neon lights unnerved her. **CCSS: L1, W3, W10, SL4 (uses clauses/transitions/commas, writes routinely within time frames, uses adequate volume) Lesson link: pinterest.com/... (Photo source link provided below) Scotland / Have longer lessons delivered to your inbox monthly by clicking elaseminars.com/...

STORY STARTER: When conformity became trendy in the little town of Oxford, all the residents sold their cars and bought identical scooters. **Common Core State Standards: L1, W3, W10, SL4 (uses clauses/transitions/commas, writes routinely within time frames, uses adequate volume) Lesson link: pinterest.com/... (Photo source link provided below) Have longer lessons delivered to your inbox monthly by clicking elaseminars.com/...

STORY STARTER: Although the cars were partially submerged in water, the drivers showed no signs of distress. **Common Core State Standards: L1, W3, W10, SL4 (uses clauses/transitions/commas, writes routinely within time frames, uses adequate volume) Lesson link: pinterest.com/... (Photo source link provided below) Switzerland / Have longer lessons delivered to your inbox monthly by clicking elaseminars.com/...

Amusing Planet - Amazing Places, Wonderful People, Weird Stuff

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