This is an introductory handout on transition phrases. The document includes an explanation of why and how to use transition words and phrases. Students will fill in the blanks in this explanation (answer key provided) as the teacher or another student reads the explanation aloud. After reading the intro, have students look back and mark that section for transitional phrases and discuss how they are used. Conduct a few practice examples on the front page, and turn over to peruse a variety of common transitions students can begin using in their writing. As a class, you may come up with more phrases and words to add to the list. The transitions are divided into the categories of continuity, contrast, cause-and-effect, importance, proof, and chronology. The first two pages of this document are designed to be copied into a two-sided handout; the third page is an answer key for the teacher.