Primary English Tips | Creative Writing: Sentence Starters using Emotions

I understand that different children organise and absorb information differently. Hence, I have decided to put up another post on using different sentence starters but this time, focusing on sentence starters that inject emotions. There are three ways which are outlined below and they do overlap with what I mentioned in the previous post. However, do bear in mind our focus on using emotions to guide the building of sentence starters here. We are trying to help the children to expand on their sentence starters in different ways instead of prescribing only one way for all.

Sentence Starters Using Emotions

1) Start with a feeling (past participle/ adjective)

Saddened by the news,  she headed home.
Overjoyed with my results, my father decided to reward me.
Angered by the boys' misbehaviour, she screamed for them to come forward.
Infuriated, she slapped her daughter across her face.

2) Start with a feeling (noun)

Horror filled her when she realised she had made a terrible mistake.
Surprise overwhelmed the children when they found out they had won the competition. 
Fear coursed through her veins when she realised she was trapped.

3) Start with a feeling (To...)

To her horror, she realised she had made a terrible mistake.
To the children's surprise, they had won the competition.
To my disappointment, Joey did not tell me the truth.

Although 1 and 2 may overlap with other sentence starter types in the previous post, I thought it is worth highlighting them explicitly as they are easy to remember and to apply. Moreover, when you start your sentences this way, you are introducing variety as well as emotions to your characters. Killing two birds with one stone!

Practise these sentence starters one at a time so that the practice is focused and sticks better. It may be useful to make a list of emotions in their noun form too e.g. sorrow, anger, surprise, disappointment, jubilance to be used with 2 and 3. Discuss with your child on which ones he or she would like to see in his or her composition the next few times and be very deliberate in practising them. When that sentence starter has been mastered, move on to the next sentence starter that your child wish to master after he or she has got the hang of the first one. Remember, it takes time and practice to perfect a skill.

Start re-starting those sentences today!

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