Sentence Beginning Variety

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Each time I asked a class to write a sentence worthy of their grade level on the first or second day of class, ninety percent or better wrote a simple sentence that started with the subect followed by the verb, the same sentence format they learned in the first grade.  Naturally, some were afraid of being labeled as a brain and wrote silly sentences.  I wonder if they ran slowly at a track meet for fear of  being mistaken for an athlete.  For most, though, that basic structure is the first one they pull out of their toolbox.  For some, it's the only tool in the box.  This list includes some other power tools for your sentences.