Transitions

establishing connections between sentences, & paragraphs.

What are the TEKS?

(19) [Oral and] Written Conventions/Conventions. Students understand the function of and use the conventions of academic language when speaking and writing. Students will continue to apply earlier standards with greater complexity. Students are expected to


(A) identify, use, and understand the function of the following parts of speech in the context of reading, writing, and speaking:


(viii) transitions for sentence to sentence or paragraph to paragraph coherence


(20) [Oral and] Written Conventions/Handwriting, Capitalization, and Punctuation. Students write legibly and use appropriate capitalization and punctuation conventions in their compositions. Students are expected to:


(A) use conventions of capitalization; Readiness Standard


(B) recognize and use punctuation marks including:


(i) commas after introductory words, phrases, and clauses;

Effective transitions

Good transitions can connect paragraphs and turn disconnected writing into a unified whole. Instead of treating paragraphs as separate ideas, transitions can help readers understand how paragraphs work together, reference one another, and build to a larger point.

Checkpoint

While watching the video, list FIVE transition words you hear the singer use on your sheet.

Now you try:

Here's a more extreme example of a paragraph with the transitional words and phrases omitted:


I went to work early to get some extra filing done. I got there; the phone started ringing. My boss walked in. He asked me to type a letter for him. He asked me to make arrangements for a client to stay in town overnight. I looked at my watch; it was already 11:00.


Now, take the paragraph and add the following transitional words and phrases:


immediately

yesterday

as soon as

a moment later

when

then


_____ I went to work early to get some extra filing done. _____ I got there, the phone started ringing. _____ my boss walked in. _____ he asked me to type a letter for him._____ he asked me to make arrangements for a client to stay in town overnight. _____ I looked at my watch, it was already 11:00.

You might have come up with a slightly different version, but here's one good way to fill in the blanks:

Yesterday, I went to work early to get some extra filing done. As soon as I got there, the phone started ringing. A moment later, my boss walked in. Immediately, he asked me to type up a letter for him. Then he asked me to make arrangements for a client to stay in town overnight. When I looked at my watch, it was already 11:00.

See how much better the paragraph sounds with transitional words and phrases to guide you?

Number off groups

  • Analyze the text & put the strips into sequential order.
  • You have two minutes!
  • READY / SET / GO !!!!!!!

Bring it back in:

In order to open a money market account, you should follow several steps. First, you should decide what features are important to you. Then you should shop around for the best terms and yields available. After you've found the best terms, be sure to find out what the minimum account balance is and ask what the penalties are if your account drops below the limit. If the penalty structure is to your liking, make sure that the money market account is FDIC insured. Finally, once the account is opened and you are earning interest, you should consider using that interest to pay off outstanding credit card debt.

Homework

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