Writing Reference Pages

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4th - 10th
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Transition Words (e.g. Granted, Arguably)

Transition Phrases (e.g. Interestingly enough, For instance)

Color Words (e.g. Crimson, Shocking Pink)

Specific Times (e.g. 12:01, Dusk)

Specific Settings (e.g. Chuckie Cheese, Foot Locker)

Prepositions (e.g. Between, Until)

Preposition-Bordered Writing Paper

Transition-Bordered Writing Paper

Color and Time-Bordered Writing Paper

Proper Noun-Bordered Writing Paper


These handy pages are designed to be used throughout the year as reference sheets for opinion/argumentative essays, informational pieces, and narrative writings.

How Do They Work?

1) My college students use the transition pages to polish essays and term papers.

2) I require students to use colors, proper settings, and specific times to add authenticity to narrative pieces. *This is my favorite (and the easiest) way to get students to add details to drab writings.

3) To encourage sentence variety, demonstrate revision strategies, and sharpen grammar skills, I have students memorize the preposition list, starting with the first 11 prepositions. I then ask students to use one of the prepositions at the beginning and at the end of two companion sentences.


After dinner, I always eat a bowl of mint chocolate chip ice cream.

I always eat a bowl of mint chocolate chip ice cream after dinner.

NOTE: General uses for the reference pages are included in the reference packet.


These pages help students add sentence variety to multi-genre writings.

How Do They Work?
#1 Distribute skill-bordered cheat sheets and assign a writing task (e.g. short story, essay, free write, etc.).

#2 Tell students to use three or more prepositions, transitions, or proper nouns in their writing pieces.

#3 Tell students to cross off the prepositions, transitions, or proper nouns on the borders as they use them.

Alternate Use: Instead of having writers cross off the skill-words-of-the-day that they used in the writing task, have students exchange papers and get peer reviewers to locate and circle the words that were used.

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