Have your students revise sentences and correct transition word mistakes with this educational writing activity.
Transition words tie two thoughts together and add fluency to writing. Words such as “although,” “however,” and “for example,” play an important role to help move smoothly from one paragraph to another. However, they also help a reader to understand location, similarities and differences, or main points. There are several categories of concluding transitions, and understanding each is important to choosing a good word or phrase for a sentence or paragraph. We've included helpful lists, and printable worksheets below.
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Place and Space Transition Words
|These transition words of place and space help the reader understand location.
Example: Nearby, the teachers were meeting in a closed-door session.
|Word List (Open Place and Space Transition Words)|
|inside||nearby||neighboring on||opposite to|
Comparison / Contrast Transition Words
|These transition words of comparison and contrast emphasize either the similarities of two ideas or the difference between them.
Example: Similarly, the harvest dance was also held on a Friday night.
|Word List (Open Compare Contrast Transition Words)|
|after all||and yet||at the same time||but|
|by the same token||however||in contrast||in like manner|
|in similar fashion||in the same way||likewise||nevertheless|
|notwithstanding||on the contrary||on the other hand||otherwise|
Cause / Purpose / Condition Transition Words
|These transition words of cause, purpose, and condition guide the reader from an idea to its underlying root.
Example: Even if the school district pays for half of the students’ breakfasts, there still will be those without enough resources to pay for the remaining amount.
|Word List (Open Cause Purpose Condition Transition Words)|
|because||even if||for that reason||for this purpose|
|given that||granted||inasmuch as||in order that|
|on account of||provided that||since||so that|
|to be sure||to that end||to this end|
Conclusion / Summary Transition Words
|These transition words of conclusion and summary allow the writer to recap one point before moving to the next or to the end.
Example: Ultimately, no one has more influence on a student ’s grades than the student himself.
Read more about how to write a conclusion paragraph.
|Word List (Open Conclusion Summary Transition Words)|
|all in all||all things considered||altogether||finally|
|in brief||in conclusion||in essence||in short|
|in summary||in the final analysis||to conclude||to sum up|
Time / Sequence Transition Words
|These transition words of time and sequence explain order or chronology to the reader.
Example: In the meantime, the library will be closed during lunch.
|Word List (Open Time Sequence Transition Words)|
|immediately||in the meantime||later||earlier|
|this time||until now||when||whenever|
Effect / Result / Qualification Transition Words
|These transition words of effect, result, and qualification take the reader from the problem to its consequences or possible results.
Example: Consequently, fewer students are able to take courses in the fine arts: music, art, and drama.
|Word List (Open Effect, Result Qualification Transition Words, )|
|accordingly||almost||as a result||although|
|henceforth||in that case||maybe||never|
Addition / Extension Transition Words
|These transition words of addition and extension are used to add to a previous idea or extend the logic or argument.
Example: Furthermore, the student council has unanimously endorsed the revised calendar for the school.
|Word List (Open Addition, Extension Transition Words)|
|besides||even more||finally||first (or in the first place)|
|further||furthermore||in addition||in the same way|
|second, secondly, etc. (or in the second place)||similarly||third (etc.)||too|
Example / Clarification / Emphasis Transition Words
|These transition words of example, clarification, and emphasis are used by writers to explain a point or to give emphasis.
Example: In other words, a longer school day may provide more opportunities instead of fewer.
|Word List (Open Example, Clarification, Emphasis Transition Words)|
|above all||as an illustration||by all means||certainly|
|e.g., (for example)||especially||for example||for instance|
|i.e., (that is)||importantly||in fact||in other words|
|indeed||more importantly||no||of course|
|particularly||specifically||surely||that is to say|
|to clarify||to demonstrate||to explain||to illustrate|
|to put another way||to repeat||to rephrase it||undoubtedly|
|without a doubt||yes|
As you can see, there are a great many choices when deciding which word best connects sentences or paragraphs. While not easy, understanding how these "connecting" words work make writing much easier for students.
Free, Printable Worksheets
Help your students identify different transition words with this printable writing worksheet.
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