50 Story Starters

COMPLEX SENTENCES: Teach students to create and punctuate complex sentences using these story starters. Only three subordinate conjunctions will be used: Since…
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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: http://pinterest.com/elaseminars/ (Photo source link provided below) Have longer lessons delivered to your inbox monthly by clicking http://elaseminars.com/opt-in-1.htm   #wrtingprompts Abandoned Mansions, Haunted Places, Abandoned Houses, Old Barns, Old Building, Abandoned Cars, Old Abandoned Houses, Abandoned Buildings, Abandoned Places
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: http://pinterest.com/elaseminars/ (Photo source link provided below) Have longer lessons delivered to your inbox monthly by clicking http://elaseminars.com/opt-in-1.htm #wrtingprompts
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: http://pinterest.com/elaseminars/ (Photo source provided below)  Have longer lessons delivered to your inbox monthly by clicking http://elaseminars.com/opt-in-1.htm #writingprompts Animation, Fotos, Fag, Picture, Fotografia, Photo Prompts, Fle, Historia
wonderland drift
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: http://pinterest.com/elaseminars/ (Photo source provided below) Have longer lessons delivered to your inbox monthly by clicking http://elaseminars.com/opt-in-1.htm #writingprompts
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: http://pinterest.com/elaseminars/ (Photo source and blog link on puns provided below) Have longer lessons delivered to your inbox monthly by clicking http://elaseminars.com/opt-in-1.htm #writingprompts Nature, Land Art, Writing, Inspiration, Forest School, Writing Pictures
Whispering Lion's Den
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: http://pinterest.com/elaseminars/ (Photo source and blog link on puns provided below) Have longer lessons delivered to your inbox monthly by clicking http://elaseminars.com/opt-in-1.htm #writingprompts
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: http://pinterest.com/elaseminars/ (Photo source link provided below) Have longer lessons delivered to your inbox monthly by clicking http://elaseminars.com/opt-in-1.htm Ale, Geckos, Dieren, Wonder, Resim, Cute
Space Oddity
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: http://pinterest.com/elaseminars/ (Photo source link provided below) Have longer lessons delivered to your inbox monthly by clicking http://elaseminars.com/opt-in-1.htm
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: http://pinterest.com/elaseminars/ (Photo source below) Have longer lessons delivered to your inbox monthly by clicking http://elaseminars.com/opt-in-1.htm #writingprompts Jokes, Humour, Funny Quotes, Funny Jokes, Laugh, Hilarious, Laughter, I Laughed, Amusing
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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: http://pinterest.com/elaseminars/ (Photo source below) Have longer lessons delivered to your inbox monthly by clicking http://elaseminars.com/opt-in-1.htm #writingprompts
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: http://pinterest.com/elaseminars/ (Photo source and blog link on puns provided below) Have longer lessons delivered to your inbox monthly by clicking http://elaseminars.com/opt-in-1.htm French, Valentino, French People, Festival London, French Themed Parties, Culture, French Language, Puns, Two By Two
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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: http://pinterest.com/elaseminars/ (Photo source and blog link on puns provided below) Have longer lessons delivered to your inbox monthly by clicking http://elaseminars.com/opt-in-1.htm
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: http://pinterest.com/elaseminars/ (Photo source link provided below) Have longer lessons delivered to your inbox monthly by clicking http://elaseminars.com/opt-in-1.htm Trucks, Techno, Hot Rods, Klr 650, Starters, Auto, Turtle, Tortoises, Animaux
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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: http://pinterest.com/elaseminars/ (Photo source link provided below) Have longer lessons delivered to your inbox monthly by clicking http://elaseminars.com/opt-in-1.htm
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: http://pinterest.com/elaseminars/ (Photo source below) Have longer lessons delivered to your inbox monthly by clicking http://elaseminars.com/opt-in-1.htm  #writingprompts Horror, Halloween, Scary, Horror Photography, Creepy, Fear, Childhood Fears, Monster Under The Bed, Haunted House
Geekologie
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: http://pinterest.com/elaseminars/ (Photo source below) Have longer lessons delivered to your inbox monthly by clicking http://elaseminars.com/opt-in-1.htm #writingprompts
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: http://pinterest.com/elaseminars/ (Photo source link provided below) Have longer lessons delivered to your inbox monthly by clicking http://elaseminars.com/opt-in-1.htm #wrtingprompts Entrance, Doors, Old Doors, The Doors, Windows And Doors, Closed Doors, Exterior Design, Doorway, Inredning
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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: http://pinterest.com/elaseminars/ (Photo source link provided below) Have longer lessons delivered to your inbox monthly by clicking http://elaseminars.com/opt-in-1.htm #wrtingprompts
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: http://pinterest.com/elaseminars/ (Photo source link not available) Writer, Writing Photos, Narrative Story, Writing Life, Freewriting, Photo Story, Student Writing
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: http://pinterest.com/elaseminars/ (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: http://pinterest.com/elaseminars/ (Photo source link provided below) Sweden / Have longer lessons delivered to your inbox monthly by clicking http://elaseminars.com/opt-in-1.htm Interior, Exterior, Home, Hanging Garden, Tree House Designs, Tree House, House, Treehouse Hotel, Facade
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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: http://pinterest.com/elaseminars/ (Photo source link provided below) Sweden / Have longer lessons delivered to your inbox monthly by clicking http://elaseminars.com/opt-in-1.htm
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: http://pinterest.com/elaseminars/ (Photo source link provided below) Have longer lessons delivered to your inbox monthly by clicking http://elaseminars.com/opt-in-1.htm #wrtingprompts Tooth Fairy, Joyce, Notes, Joyce Young, Boys, Phone
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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: http://pinterest.com/elaseminars/ (Photo source link provided below) Have longer lessons delivered to your inbox monthly by clicking http://elaseminars.com/opt-in-1.htm #wrtingprompts
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 http://elaseminars.com/opt-in-1.htm Tree Houses, Outdoor, Cool Tree Houses, Modern Tree House, Backyard, Little Houses
Ultimate Tree Houses
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 http://elaseminars.com/opt-in-1.htm
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: http://pinterest.com/elaseminars/ (Photo source link provided below) Have longer lessons delivered to your inbox monthly by clicking http://elaseminars.com/opt-in-1.htm Art, Cool Fire, Fire, Fire And Ice, Fire Art, Djinn, Genie Lamp, Creative
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: http://pinterest.com/elaseminars/ (Photo source link provided below) Have longer lessons delivered to your inbox monthly by clicking http://elaseminars.com/opt-in-1.htm
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 http://elaseminars.com/opt-in-1.htm #writingprompts Fotografie, Pretty, Beautiful, Style, Pinterest, Style Me
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 http://elaseminars.com/opt-in-1.htm #writingprompts
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: http://pinterest.com/elaseminars/ (Photo source link provided below) Bahamas Have longer lessons delivered to your inbox monthly by clicking http://elaseminars.com/opt-in-1.htm Travel, Cave Diving, Snorkelling, Trips, Rio, Abaco Bahamas, Places To Go, Places To Visit, Underwater Caves
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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: http://pinterest.com/elaseminars/ (Photo source link provided below) Bahamas Have longer lessons delivered to your inbox monthly by clicking http://elaseminars.com/opt-in-1.htm
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: http://pinterest.com/elaseminars/ (Photo source link provided below) Have longer lessons delivered to your inbox monthly by clicking http://elaseminars.com/opt-in-1.htm  Lesson source: #writingprompts Christian Stories, Luz, Shadow Work
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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: http://pinterest.com/elaseminars/ (Photo source link provided below) Have longer lessons delivered to your inbox monthly by clicking http://elaseminars.com/opt-in-1.htm Lesson source: #writingprompts
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: http://pinterest.com/elaseminars/ (Photo source link provided below) Have longer lessons delivered to your inbox monthly by clicking http://elaseminars.com/opt-in-1.htm Maya, Photography, Sanat, Photomontage, Arc, Alice
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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: http://pinterest.com/elaseminars/ (Photo source link provided below) Have longer lessons delivered to your inbox monthly by clicking http://elaseminars.com/opt-in-1.htm
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: http://pinterest.com/elaseminars/ (Photo source link provided below) Have longer lessons delivered to your inbox monthly by clicking http://elaseminars.com/opt-in-1.htm Design, Dekorasyon, Mor, Mauve, Deko, Cool Ideas, Dekoration
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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: http://pinterest.com/elaseminars/ (Photo source link provided below) Have longer lessons delivered to your inbox monthly by clicking http://elaseminars.com/opt-in-1.htm
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 http://elaseminars.com/opt-in-1.htm Shaded Garden, Garden Design, Garden Paths, Architecture, Garden Gates, Garden Entrance, Garden Arch, Garden Landscaping
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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 http://elaseminars.com/opt-in-1.htm
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 http://elaseminars.com/opt-in-1.htm Illustrators, Echt, Ilustrasi, Holi
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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 http://elaseminars.com/opt-in-1.htm
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 http://elaseminars.com/opt-in-1.htm Youtube, Dubai, Thailand, Life, Story Inspiration
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 http://elaseminars.com/opt-in-1.htm
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: http://pinterest.com/elaseminars/ (Photo source link provided below) Scotland / Have longer lessons delivered to your inbox monthly by clicking http://elaseminars.com/opt-in-1.htm Paris, England, Places, Edinburgh, City, Places To See, Edinburgh Scotland, Famous Castles, Beautiful Places
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: http://pinterest.com/elaseminars/ (Photo source link provided below) Scotland / Have longer lessons delivered to your inbox monthly by clicking http://elaseminars.com/opt-in-1.htm
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 http://elaseminars.com/opt-in-1.htm Carros, Boat, Automobile, Amphibious Vehicle, Autos, Vehicles, Lido Beach
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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 http://elaseminars.com/opt-in-1.htm
STORY STARTER: When ___________heard a voice whispering, “_________________,” she knew she was not alone.  **Common Core State Standards:  L1, W3, W10, SL4 (uses clauses/transitions/commas, writes routinely within time frames, uses adequate volume) Lesson link: http://pinterest.com/elaseminars/ (Photo source link provided below) Have longer lessons delivered to your inbox monthly by clicking http://elaseminars.com/opt-in-1.htm English, Reading, Ghosts, Heard, Writer Workshop, Spooky, Picture Prompt
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STORY STARTER: When ___________heard a voice whispering, “_________________,” she knew she was not alone. **Common Core State Standards: L1, W3, W10, SL4 (uses clauses/transitions/commas, writes routinely within time frames, uses adequate volume) Lesson link: http://pinterest.com/elaseminars/ (Photo source link provided below) Have longer lessons delivered to your inbox monthly by clicking http://elaseminars.com/opt-in-1.htm