Transition Words

What are transition words?

  • Transitions are phrases or words used to connect one idea to the next (like a bridge connects one piece of land to another).

How are transitions used?

  • Transitions are used by the author to help the reader progress from one significant idea to the next.  They help the reader follow the writer's train of thought.
  • Transitional expressions, then, can be used between sentences, between paragraphs, or between entire sections of a work.

What else do they do?

  • *Important for writing essays and paragraphs* Transitions also show the relationship within a paragraph (or within a sentence) between the main idea and the support the author gives for those ideas.

e.g. Subsequently, the protagonist of this play does not prove to be a tragic hero.  He is, in fact, a victim of circumstance.  Thus,... (Transition words in bold.)

Let's practice!

How would I show a connection between the two sentences listed below?

Some people believe that the melting of the glaciers is not a problem. There is a significant amount of evidence to prove otherwise.

Let's try the transition...however.

Some people believe that the melting of the glaciers is not a problem, however, there is a significant amount of evidence to prove otherwise.

Click the buttons below to see ALL the different types of transitional words!!!

Challenge:

Knowing what we just learned about how transition words work, use your comprehensive list above and see if you can write your own short paragraph using transition words.

Today's Challenge: I would like for you to write a short paragraph in which you incorporate (use) FIVE transition words.  There are only two rules:

1.  Be creative and use at least one additive, one adversative, one causal, and one sequential transition word in your paragraph.  (That makes four, you can use one categories twice!)

2.  UNDERLINE or BOLD the transition words, so as to make it easier for me to find them.