Sentence starters and useful vocabulary 6 styles of writing



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Sentence starters and useful vocabulary


6 styles of writing


  • Diary writing

  • Information texts (non-chronological reports)

  • Instructions and procedures

  • Invitations

  • Narratives

  • Recounts


20 great sentence starters for a 7 - 11 year old

  • As . . .

  • As I see it . . .

  • Despite the fact that . . .

  • Even though . . .

  • Finally . . .

  • For example . . .

  • Furthermore . . .

  • In addition . . .

  • In conclusion . . .

  • In general . . .

  • In my view . . .

  • In spite of . . .

  • I would like to . . .

  • Meanwhile . . .

  • Moreover . . .

  • So . . .

  • Subsequently . . .

  • Therefore . . .

  • Whilst . . .



1) Diary writing
Some words and phrases to start a diary sentence with:

  • Hopefully

  • Fortunately

  • Unfortunately

  • Luckily

  • Unluckily

  • Thankfully

  • Lately

  • Recently

  • For once

  • Anyway



Conversational manner with ‘speech like phrases’


  • By the way . . .

  • To tell you the truth . . .

  • I must tell you about . . .

  • You’ll never guess what happened?

  • Right now I’m . . .

  • You will never believe it but . . .

  • I hope that . . .

  • To be honest . . .

  • I imagine that . . .
  • I should have told you that . .


  • I have been looking forward to . . .

  • I am looking forward to . . . (I am not looking forward to . .)

  • I am worried about . . . (I am not worried about . . .)

  • I was looking forward to . . .

  • I expect that . . .

  • I think that . . .

  • I don’t expect

  • You know what?

  • The best bit is . . . (The best bit was . . .)

  • The worst part is . . . (The worst part was . . .)


2) Information texts (non-chronological reports)
Some useful sentence starters for information texts


  • _____ are . . .

  • _____ is . . .

  • They are . . .

  • They are also . . .

  • They like to . . .

  • They don’t like . . .

  • They avoid . . . because . . .

  • They don’t . . .

  • It doesn’t . . .

  • They can . . .

  • It can . . .

  • Instead they . . .

  • In addition, . . .

  • Usually . . .

  • As a rule . . .

  • They can be . . .

  • They are usually . . . (It is usually . . .)

  • They are rarely . . . (It is rarely . . .)

  • They are never . . . (It is never . . .)

  • They are a very . . . (It is a very . . . )

  • Like many . . .

  • Unlike . . .

  • This is a . . .

  • Sometimes . . .

  • Often . . .

  • Frequently they . . .

  • Be careful if you . . .

  • More than half . . .

  • Less than half . . .

  • Most


3) Instructions and procedures


  • First . . .
  • First of all . ..


  • To start with . . .

  • Firstly . . .

  • Next . . .

  • After . . .

  • Afterwards . . .

  • After that . . .

  • When . . .

  • At this point . . .

  • Lastly . . .

  • Finally . . .
More advanced language constructions

  • To begin with . . .

  • Begin by . . .

  • Secondly . . .

  • The next step is to . . .

  • Continue by . . .

  • Carry on . . .

  • Do this until . . .

  • Stop when . . .

  • When you have done this . . .

  • Try to . . .

  • Try not to . ..

  • Avoid . . .

  • Don’t forget to . . .

  • Be careful of . . .

  • Don’t worry about . . .

  • Concentrate on . . .

  • Focus on . . .

  • Try to make sure that . . .

  • Whatever you do, don’t . . .

  • I would suggest that . . .

  • To conclude . . .

  • Before . . . remember to . . .

  • Whilst you are . . .

  • Use the time you are waiting to . . .


4) Invitations

Polite directives

  • Please come to . . .

  • It will be . . .

  • It will take place at . . .

  • It starts at . . .

  • It finishes at . . .

  • I am having a party because . . .

  • I’m looking forward to . . .


More advanced language constructions

  • I would like to invite you to . . .

  • During the afternoon we will be . . .
  • At two O’ clock there will be . . .


  • There will also be . . .

  • The easiest way to get here is . . .

  • At around . . .

  • I think that . .

  • I expect that . . .

  • The thing I am looking forward to most is . . .

  • If you would like you can . . .

  • It would be good if . . .

  • I hope that you will . . .

  • Try to/try not to . . .

  • Don’t forget to . . .

  • If it’s okay with you . . .

  • If you can remember to . . .



Ten time connectives


  • First of all

  • Later
  • Afterwards


  • After that

  • Next, we will . . .

  • Soon after

  • At about . . .

  • Following that

  • Finally

  • At the end of the afternoon/evening


5) Narratives
Words/phrases signifying the passage of time

  • Instantly

  • Immediately

  • Just at that moment

  • Before long

  • So

  • Presently

  • Soon

  • Later

  • Afterwards

  • After a while

  • Much later

  • At last

  • Next day

  • The next evening

  • Eventually

  • Towards nightfall

  • At dawn

  • At dusk

  • As the sun set

  • Simultaneously

  • Finally


Words/phrases to change the focus of the story



6) Recounts
Useful language constructions
  • Last week we . . .

  • First . . .

  • Next . . .

  • After . . .

  • Afterwards . . .

  • After that . . .

  • When . . .

  • Suddenly . . .

  • Just then . .

  • Soon . . .

  • Meanwhile . . .

  • Finally . . .

  • So

  • Later on

  • Before long

  • Next

  • Moments later

  • Seconds later

  • Much later

  • Within minutes

  • At that very moment

  • At precisely

  • Presently

  • In a flash

  • When this was complete . . .

  • Eventually



More advanced language constructions


  • To begin with . . .

  • Before long . . .

  • Eventually . . .

  • As it happened . .

  • As a result of . . .

  • Consequently . . .

  • Subsequently . . .



Evidence of viewpoint


  • I found it interesting when . . .

  • My favourite activity was . . .

  • It was funny when . . .

  • I liked the part when . . .

  • I didn’t enjoy . . .

  • The best part was . . .

  • The worst part was . . .
  • I was surprised that . . .

  • I was pleased that . . .

  • I didn’t expect that . . .

  • It was difficult to . . .










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