Strong Sentence Openers: Lesson for Kids

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Instructor: Tawnya Eash

Tawnya has a master's degree in early childhood education and teaches all subjects at an elementary school.

Think of a book, story, or movie that drew you in from the beginning. Super writers use sentence openers that grab the reader's attention. In this lesson, learn how to begin sentences that leave your readers wanting more!

Sentence Openers

'March 29th was the best day ever! Joyfully, I celebrated my first double-digit birthday. I was turning ten. We always have a pool party, but this year my parents took my friends and me to an amusement park. I felt as though I was the luckiest girl in the world.'

The sentence openers used in this paragraph grabbed your attention right from the beginning. Sentence openers, or words you use at the start of a sentence, help get readers interested in a story or other written work and lead to variety in sentence structure, keeping your audience eager to read more. Let's take a look at a variety of ways you can grab your reader's attention with sentence openers.

Starting a Sentence

There are different ways you can start a sentence to keep your reader engaged. You always want to vary your wording so your writing doesn't seem repetitive and dull.

This chart includes six different sentence openers:

Sentence Openers

Here are some examples:

  • Action word ending in -ed or -ing: Laughing, we went from one ride to another. (In this sentence, the opener is 'laughing.')

  • Prepositional phrase: Instead of a swimming party, we rode rides and played games all day. (Here, the opener is 'instead.')

  • Transitional word: Without a doubt, this was the best party ever! (In this example, the opener is 'without a doubt.')

  • Very short sentence (only has two to five words): What a blast!

  • 'What happened' preposition: Before we left the amusement park, everyone had to ride the roller coaster one more time. (Here, the opener is 'before.')

  • Word ending in -ly: Cheerfully, my friends and I devoured our cake and ice cream. (In this example, the opener is 'Cheerfully.')

Now that you know what a sentence opener is, let's take a look at some specific examples of story openers.

Using Strong Sentence Openers

There are many different words you can use to begin a sentence, so you don't always have to start with the same word. Your openers should vary from a simple to a more complex sentence with more detailed openings. Here is a pyramid of words you can use to vary your sentence openers. Hint: The base or bottom of the pyramid gives examples of openers that add complexity to your writing.

Examples of Openers

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