Go beyond "Once upon a time" and "The end". This collection of worksheets will help your students learn to recognize the types of words and phrases that are used at the beginning of stories, and those that are used at the end. Each page has a list of short sentences which students must label correctly. Answer keys have been provided for instructors. Note that some may be argued either way; allow students to present their case.
Fun Fact: The San Jose State University’s annual Bulwer-Lytton Fiction Contest, first held in 1982, invites participants to create the worst opening sentence of fictional novels.