New! Transition Words and Phrases
3rd - 6th
Begin the lesson by modeling how to connect two sentences with a transition word. After doing five examples together, have learners work together to correctly edit a list of sentences provided. Finally, learners look back at their past writing to highlight transition words used. Have them revise their writing by adding additional transition words!
Designed for Common Core
Paragraph Writing About Waiting for the Biblioburro
Ask your learners to synthesize what they know about Waiting for the Biblioburro by writing a well-organized paragraph. Young writers focus on using transition words and including specific details in their paragraphs. The plan allows for sharing and discussion about revision and suggests that class members write a second draft for homework.
Transition into sentence structure with an activity focused on linking ideas together in classroom writing. First, individuals use provided transition words to complete sentences. Next, they take it a step farther and write their own sentences that include a given transition word. Assign this as a homework assignment or warm-up while working on a larger writing project
Effective as a warm-up or brief practice activity, the goal of this resource is to improve flow in writing. Given sentences, writers fill in blanks with transition words that are included in various word banks. A straightforward, but not particularly innovative activity.
Using Transition Words Correctly - Relationships Within Sentences
Clarify transition words with a two quick exercises. For the first, individuals choose the correct transition word for five sentences and determine what the transitions express within each sentence. For the second, class members read brief paragraphs and respond to questions about the transition words and relationships between the sentences. Great for a quick review or assessment.
Transition Words in Writing
Transition words in writing are the focus of the language arts lesson plan presented here. In it, learners cut out the word-sort cards (embedded in the plan), and put them into four categories: time, examples, space, and summary. They find a picture in a magazine that they feel could inspire a how-to piece of writing, then use the transition words to help them construct a piece of writing that describes how to do something. A great teaching idea for writing!
Transition Words for Better Writing
Improve learners' writing, comprehension, and analytical thinking by teaching the use of transition words.
Meanwhile: Transition Words That Connect Ideas
Read Meanwhile, Back at the Ranch to illustrate the use of transition words effectively. Discuss each transition word used, and have learners find transition words in other books. Consider making a class chart of transition words found for future writing days.
Use Transition Words in Argumentative Writing
When middle schoolers are told to make their writing flow, they often don't know what this means or how to change their work to fix the issue. Try out this video to help your pupils create flow through the use of transitions. For beginning writers, the start of sentences is a reliable place to add transition words. In the video, the narrator points out the choppiness in his sample paragraph and adds transitions. He also strengthens already included transitions and provides a list of common transitions. Make sure to tell your class that strong transitions help the validity of an argument. Take a look at the slides and the coach's commentary; these are useful additions to the video.
Connect Ideas Using Transition Words, Phrases, and Clauses
Why do transitions matter in writing? It's difficult to persuade someone when your writing isn't clear, so experienced writers use transition words to make their work easy to comprehend. Get your class to practice this skill by showing them the video or presentation and working through some examples. The video demonstrates how to go from an outline to a paragraph using transitions and complete sentences. Class members can start out with the simple formula presented here and move on to more complex sentence structure as their writing improves. Check out the additional materials for more activities and explanation.
Transition Words and Phrases: Road Signs for the Reader
Therefore! However! Furthermore! Explore the power of transition words and phrases. Signal your readers by suggesting the relationship between different thoughts or points. Help them demonstrate an understanding of word relationships.
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