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Story Starters: Prepositional Phrases

This writing prompt generator was one of the first twenty-one interactive word games presented at the original WritingFix in-service sponsored by the Northern Nevada Writing Project.

Writer Instructions:

Two facts about prepositional phrases:

  • FACT #1:  When you begin a sentence with a prepositional phrase, you should probably separate it from the rest of the sentence with a comma.  You don't have to, but usually a comma helps your reader understand your sentence faster and better. Both sentences below are correct, but which is easier to read?
    • During the storm, the family hid in the root cellar.
    • During the storm the family hid in the root cellar.
  • FACT #2:  Sentences that start with prepositional phrases are always interesting.  If you ever want to make the first sentence in your story sound even better, consider beginning it with a prepositional phrase.

Use the story-starting generator below to provide an interesting prepositional phrase that might begin some writing for your journal or your Writer's Notebook.

Press the button below until you find one prepositional phrase you like from the collection...then finish the sentence that follows the phrase so that the WHOLE sentence is interesting.  Next, use the sentence you created to begin an amazing story!  Or a poem!  Or a descriptive paragraph!

If you or your students want to create a list of additional story-starting prepositional phrases as a class activity, consider sending it to us at  We'll add the best ones to our generator below.   Creating original participial phrases is a great way to learn about sentence structure.

Can you start an original story with this prepositional phrase?




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