Picture Composition Writing for Lower Primary: Writing Interesting Story Starters

In the previous post on ways to develop your story when writing picture composition, one of the points mentioned was to begin your story with an interesting opening. Having a captivating introduction is vital. Draw readers into the story by creating suspense.

I will elaborate and give some examples of this in today’s post.

~ 4 Ways To Begin A Story ~

1. Describe the character.

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Here’s the first picture of a Picture Composition showing a boy in a school library.

A typical story opening written by Lower Primary children would go something like this:

One day after school, John decided to visit the school library.

This is how you can begin by describing the character first:

John loves books more than anything else. He enjoys reading so much that all his friends call him “Mr. Bookworm”. John’s favourite place is the library and he can spend the entire day there. One day after school, John decided to visit the school library again. …

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2. Describe the setting.

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The picture above is the first picture of a Picture Composition on A Day At The Beach.

It is very common for Lower Primary students to begin such a story by describing the weather.

For example,

It was a hot and sweltering day…

It was a sunny day…

Yesterday was a hot and sunny day, my parents decided to bring the whole family to the beach.

Now, instead of beginning with the typical “weather openings”, how about beginning with a description of the setting? Imagine yourself in the picture, what could you see? What could you hear? What could you smell? Use your senses when describing the setting.

3. Begin with an action.

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Once again, a typical opening for the picture above would be the use of time or weather, such as,

Last evening, Mr. Lee took his dog for a walk after dinner.

It was a cool evening. Mr Lee decided to bring his dog out for a walk at the park.

We can start with an action instead.

Tinkle jumped and barked for joy. His owner, Mr Lee, was getting ready to bring him out for his daily walk at the park.

Or

Tinkle wagged its tail and dashed out the door, with Mr Lee pulling at the leash. “Slow down, Tinkle!” commanded Mr Lee….

4. Begin with speech or dialogue.

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The picture above is taken from a Picture Composition about a girl who is left at home to babysit her little sibling when her parents are away. A suitable title could be “Home Alone With The Baby”.

What is a typical opening for such stories?

Last weekend, my parents had to go for a wedding dinner.

Or,

One fine evening, Jane was at home alone with her baby sister.

This is how you can begin the story with speech or dialogue instead:

“Don’t worry, Mum! I will look after Amy,” Jane told her mother as her parents waved goodbye and left. Jane’s parents had gone for a wedding dinner and she was left alone at home with her baby sister…

Or a simple dialogue, such as this:

“Remember to call us if there’s any problem,” Jane’s mother reminded her as they waved goodbye. “Don’t worry, Mum! Have fun!” Jane assured her mother.

Notice that these are all written using very simple sentences. No big bombastic words were used. Yet, a small change to the typical time or weather openings can give a refreshing touch to your story.

Try it with your child or students and see if it makes their story slightly more interesting!

If you are looking for more writing tips and resources to help your child in Composition and creative writing, check out these articles, free printables and resources.

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13 thoughts on “Picture Composition Writing for Lower Primary: Writing Interesting Story Starters

  1. Good advice! But one concern is whether teachers accept such dialogue opening line. I do hope so as my gal told me they are not allowed to write something that the picture doesn’t show. That is grey since adding make up details here and there to make stories interesting should be credited to creativity.

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    1. I think one reason your girl’s teacher discouraged them from writing something that’s not shown in the picture could be to prevent them from writing out of point. Some children can get so carried away with their imagination that their story becomes totally unrelated to what the 4 pictures have shown. I’ve yet to hear of teachers not accepting dialogue as an opening. Please correct me if I’m wrong.

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        1. Thanks Margaret! Excelling in Math often comes with practice. For a P1 child, problem sums may be something new to them, especially if they were not being exposed to such questions during their kindergarten years. Kids who are weak in English will also find problem sums difficult. I guess exposure and practice is important to excel in Math problem sums…

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