Beginning readers will learn how to recognize phrases that signal the beginning or ending of a story.

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.

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Once Upon a Time

After reading each sentence, decide whether it would more likely be found at the beginning of a story or at the end of a story.

The End

You can also abbreviate your answers so that you can write just B or E.

Beginnings and Endings

The capitalization and punctuation can also help you make the decision on where it belongs.

Dot, Dot, Dot

Go where you want to with this one. I think you know where to head with it.

This End Up

Write beginning or ending on the line next to the sentence.