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Story Starters: Participial

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:

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

Press the button below until you find one participial 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!

Make sure you've punctuated your first sentence correctly.  Click here to read about punctuation rules that go along with participles.

If you or your students want to create a list of additional story-starting participles as a class activity, send 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 participle?



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