Writing is not an easy task for most of our students. We’re lucky if we can get them to put their thoughts down on paper, much less make them readable. Transitions can help in this refinement process. They make ideas flow more smoothly and hold the writing together. This packet provides a guide for the recognition and usage of transitions in writing. It lists the different types of transitions and provides examples and illustrations of each in the information sheet. Exercises are included for practice.
The 2-page information sheet could be used as an overhead, with students copying the information into their notes, but it is probably best used as a handout provided to the students. It then becomes a handy guide for all future writing assignments. The examples should be discussed in class, ensuring the students understand the relationship between the connected ideas.
Exercise 1 contains a reading selection in which there are 9 underlined transitions. These represent a variety of types and are used to highlight different relationships between the ideas in the selection. The selection should be read carefully before filling in the chart. Students will then record the transitions on the left-hand lines and, using the category names from the information sheet, write the relationship type on the lines on the left. During a classroom review, you can discuss the relationships between ideas.
Exercise 2 assigns a 2 paragraph essay based on the list of topics given on the handout. Teachers should feel free, however, to make any topic changes they wish. The object is to have students use at least 5 transitions in the essay. Stress that all the transitions should not be of the same type. A rubric is included and should be referred to when the assignment is made. Student editing groups could be used for proofing the assignment.
Another useful addition to our Write On! series, an organizational approach to critical writing preparation. See our complete list on our "other work by" page. From CK Teaching Aids, of course.