Teaching Resource

Narrative Sentence Starter Cards


PDF | 10 pages|Grades: 1 - 7

Thirty sentence starter cards for narratives.

Use the Narrative Sentence Starter Cards to encourage your students to write something imaginative and interesting.

Print the cards out of A3 and stick them up on the board to stimulate your students.

Sentence starters include:

  • I found a strange package by the door…
  • Brrrringggg! I answered the phone and…
  • There was an octopus in my pool…
  • The rhino was following me to the…
  • He had been squished flatter than a pancake…
  • I heard an explosion in the science lab…
  • The rain was pouring down…
  • At the Dinosaur Park, I rode a…
  • The space invaders jumped off the screen…
  • I was looking out the port hole…
  • A bat flew in my window and told me…
  • I was on safari and a giant tiger…
  • I stepped outside and a monkey…
  • I was hiding in my tree house…
  • My new friend is a robot and…
  • I fell over a mysterious object…
  • I was saved from the quicksand by…
  • I set the Guinness World Record for…
  • Yesterday I discovered my super power was…
  • I picked up the moon rock and…
  • We had a full tank of fuel and…
  • I was riding my whale to…
  • “They call me Dr. Snail and…”
  • I went to the masquerade ball as a…
  • “Wake up,” the dragon shouted to…
  • I met a scatter-brained lizard in the desert…
  • When I was a tightrope walker…
  • There was money everywhere and…
  • The box of treasure was…
  • The pirate was coming…

For more brilliant tips and ideas on how to use this teaching resource, read our blog 10 Brilliant Ways to Improve Narrative Writing in the Classroom.

  NSW Curriculum alignment

  Victorian Curriculum alignment

  Australian Curriculum alignment

  • ACELT1584

    Discuss features of plot, character and setting in different types of literature and explore some features of characters in different textsElaborationsexamining different types of literature including traditional tales, humorous stories and poetry (...

  • ACELY1658

    Describe some differences between imaginative informative and persuasive textsElaborationscomparing and discussing texts identifying some features that distinguish those that ‘tell stories’ from those that ‘give opinions’ (Skills...

  • ACELT1591

    Discuss the characters and settings of different texts and explore how language is used to present these features in different waysElaborationsdescribing features of text settings including time, colours used to portray year, season, and place (count...

  • ACELY1671

    Create short imaginative, informative and persuasive texts using growing knowledge of text structures and language features for familiar and some less familiar audiences, selecting print and multimodal elements appropriate to the audience and purpose...

  • ACELT1601

    Create imaginative texts based on characters, settings and events from students’ own and other cultures using visual features, for example perspective, distance and angleElaborationsdrawing on literary texts read, viewed and listened to for insp...

  • ACELY1678

    Identify the audience and purpose of imaginative, informative and persuasive textsElaborationsidentifying the author’s point of view on a topic and key words and images that seem intended to persuade listeners, viewers or readers to agree with t...

  • ACELY1682

    Plan, draft and publish imaginative, informative and persuasive texts demonstrating increasing control over text structures and language features and selecting print,and multimodal elements appropriate to the audience and purposeElaborationsusing pri...

  • ACELT1608

    Identify aspects of literary texts that convey details or information about particular social, cultural and historical contextsElaborationsdescribing how aspects of literature, for example visuals, symbolic elements, dialogue and character descriptio...

  • ACELY1704

    Plan, draft and publish imaginative, informative and persuasive print and multimodal texts, choosing text structures, language features, images and sound appropriate to purpose and audienceElaborationsusing research from print and digital resources t...

  • ACELT1791

    Create texts that adapt language features and patterns encountered in literary texts, for example characterisation, rhyme, rhythm, mood, music, sound effects and dialogueElaborationscreating visual and multimodal texts based on Aboriginal and Torres ...

  • ACELA1453

    Compare different kinds of images in narrative and informative texts and discuss how they contribute to meaningElaborationstalking about what is ‘real’ and what is imagined in texts, for example ‘This is the section about platypuses i...

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These need to be in 3rd Person

Brett Connell · Mar 7th, 2019

Hi Brett, thank you for your feedback. These sentence starter cards are designed to align with Australian Curriculum ACELT1609, which looks at different narrative points of view and how it impacts the audience.

Royce (Teach Starter) · Mar 7th, 2019

Exciting resource. Have had some great stories from the kids they love the pictures.

kaza4 · Nov 5th, 2014

Fabulous resource. Particularly liked the graphics, very colourful and appealing.

karen kirkwood · Sep 29th, 2014

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