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    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, 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 circle the comma after the dependent clause. 4) Students continue the story for 12 minutes. 5) Students share stories.


    50 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/... #writingprompts

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    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/... #writingprompts

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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: pinterest.com/... (Photo source below) Have longer lessons delivered to your inbox monthly by clicking elaseminars.com/... #writingprompts

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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: 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/... #writingprompts

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    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/... #writingprompts

    Childhood Fears Recreated As Photographs | Geekologie

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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/... #wrtingprompts

    17 Beautiful Home Doors - Enpundit

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    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)

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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: 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/... #wrtingprompts

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

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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: pinterest.com/... (Photo source link provided below) Have longer lessons delivered to your inbox monthly by clicking elaseminars.com/... #wrtingprompts

    The World's Smallest Post Service Kit from Chronicle Books

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    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/...

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    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/...

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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: pinterest.com/... (Photo source link provided below) Bahamas Have longer lessons delivered to your inbox monthly by clicking elaseminars.com/...

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    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/...

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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: pinterest.com/... (Photo source link provided below) Have longer lessons delivered to your inbox monthly by clicking elaseminars.com/... Lesson source: #writingprompts

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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: pinterest.com/... (Photo source link provided below) Have longer lessons delivered to your inbox monthly by clicking elaseminars.com/...

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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/...

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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 elaseminars.com/...

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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 elaseminars.com/...

    Up-Inspired Floating House (14 photos)

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    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/...

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    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/...

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    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/...

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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 elaseminars.com/...

    Amusing Planet - Amazing Places, Wonderful People, Weird Stuff

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