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
WRITING REFERENCE PAGES
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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