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Using Transitions

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Tara Wood

on 13 March 2013

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Transitions help you achieve this goal by making logical connections between words, sentences, and paragraphs in your paper. Using Transitions How to make the pieces
of your paper flow
together like a pro's. Types of Transitions Add the transitions Write transition sentences between these paragraphs: Sources Practice! Transition Words by
Category REMEMBER! 3 Types of Transitions What are transitions? How do I use transitions? Why use transitions? Transitions? Transitions are the glue (words, phrases, or paragraphs) that hold your ideas and your essay together. In all kinds of writing, but especially in academic writing, your goal is to convey information as clearly and concisely as you can. The key to a smooth transition (and a good transition word/phrase/sentence) is highlighting the connections between the paragraphs. Transitions between sections Transitions show the relationships between ideas, sentences, and paragraphs. This means you need to : Reading a book is always much better than watching a movie based on a book. (7)______________ the saying “A picture is worth a thousand words,” a book is able to give much more information than a movie can give. The author can give the thoughts of characters; (8)______________, a movie usually conveys only the actions and words of the characters. A book can follow several characters and plot lines, but a movie usually has less than two hours to tell the story and must follow just a few characters or one plot line. The final (9)_______________ is one of imagination. Each reader of a book can create a different mental picture of the characters and scenes. A movie, (10) ________________, can offer only the vision of the director and actors. 1. ___________________ Chloe is afraid of heights, she went bungee jumping to celebrate her birthday.

2. Distance education is learning that takes place when the student is in a location apart from the classroom, building, or site; ________________, online courses and telecourses are distance learning courses.

3. Isabella wanted to become a professional actress, ___________________she moved to New York City.
Paragraph A: "Transitions." The Writing Center at UNC Chapel Hill Transition This! What? Why? How? Transitions . . . function as road signs for your reader (how to think about, organize, and react to old and new ideas as they read)
signal relationships between ideas
provide readers directions for how to piece together the pieces of your writing into one, logical, cohesive argument.
turn disconnected writing into an organized whole. Your essay will not be flow without transitions! Word Usage Sidebar: Recognizing that transitions operate "between" ideas indicates that any time you have 2 different ideas or paragraphs, you need to connect them.

The word "among" denotes 3 or more. There are also a number of "transition words" that can be used at the beginning of sentences to show the relationship between ideas. Note: instead of writing a general transition that could be used to link any other paragraph, try to make your transitions specific to the paragraphs you're linking. By referencing in one paragraph the relevant material from previous paragraphs, writers can develop and link important ideas for their readers.
If paragraph A's main points support the view that El Pais’s new government is very democratic,

And paragraph B's main points contradict the view that El Pais's new government is very democratic,

THEN, the following might be an effective transition:

Despite these arguments, there are still many reasons to think that El Pais’s new government is not as democratic as people are led to believe. Example: http://writingcenter.unc.edu/handouts/transitions/ "Writing Transitions." Purdue Online Writing Lab http://owl.english.purdue.edu/owl/resource/574/01/ Transitions between paragraphs Transitions within paragraphs These would only be needed in longer papers and would be transition paragraphs If you have done a good job of arranging paragraphs so that the content of one leads logically to the next, these transitions will highlight a relationship that already exists by summarizing the previous paragraph and suggesting something of the content of the paragraph that follows. Transitions within paragraphs are cues that help readers to anticipate what is coming before they read it. A transition between paragraphs can be a word or two (however, for example, similarly), a phrase, or a sentence. These transitions can be at the end of the first paragraph, at the beginning of the second paragraph, or in both places. These transitions tend to be single words or short phrases. 1. understand the relationship 2. choose an appropriate transition word or compose an appropriate transition sentence to convey that relationship For example, if the connection is a contrast, you wouldn't use "also," or "because." Instead, you would use a word like "despite." Paragraph A: An overview of individualism as seen in early American literature. Paragraph B: One way a poem deals with the value of individualism. Paragraph B: A final analysis point about how equal opportunity is not available for women in a poem. A first analysis point about how equal opportunity is not available for African American men in a movie.
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