Saturday, 26 July 2008


VCOP Teacher was always moaning at her last class to vary their openings but this year she is trying to have a moan free year so can you stop her moaning by varying your openers?

Just in case you need reminding, here are some examples of openers:

  • use a connective

While Dad sat on the sofa, Mum cooked the tea.

  • try an 'ing' clause

Waiting for his tea, Dad watched the 6 o'clock news.

  • try an 'ed' clause

Shocked by the breaking news, Dad called Mum in from the kitchen.

  • use a simile

Like an olympic sprinter, Mum rushed in to watch the breaking news.

  • try an adverb

Solemnly, she sat and watched the disaster unfold.

  • use one word

Sad, she went back into the kitchen to continue cooking.

  • use 'But'

But Dad realised he was no longer hungry, as he was so worried that his parents were caught up in the hurricane disaster.

  • use a prepositional phrase

At the end of the worktop in the kitchen, Mum stood with tears slowly falling down her face.

Can you write an example of each opener?

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