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Introduction to Transitions

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Transitions in
Writing





My favorite city to visit in the United States is Chicago. I like Chicago for the many diverse things you can do there. Deep dish pizza is one of my favorite foods, and it is only made right in Chicago. I like the museums, zoos, and attractions that the "Windy City" has to offer. I suggest the Field Museum, which boasts a broad collection of dinosaur skeletons, and the Lincoln Park Zoo, which is among the older historic zoos in the U.S....and free! Chicago has everything you could ask for with its many historic landmarks, great beaches, and fine amusement parks. I would recommend Chicago for your next family vacation.
Of all of the cities I have been to in the United States,
Chicago is by far my favorite. I like Chicago for the many diverse things you can do while there.
To begin with,
deep dish pizza is one of my favorite foods, and it is only made right in Chicago.
In addition to the foods,
I also like the museums, zoos, and attractions the "Windy City" has to offer.
Of all of the places to visit while in Chicago,
I suggest the Field Museum, which boasts a broad collection of dinosaur skeletons, and the Lincoln Park Zoo, which is among the older historic zoos in the U.S...and it's free!
Museums, zoos, and restaurants aside,
Chicago has everything you could ask for with its many historic landmarks, great beaches, and fine amusement parks.
For these reasons, as well as many more,
I would recommend Chicago for your next family vacation.
What is wrong with this paragraph?
A
transition
word or phrase generally helps the writer connect one idea to another. It can be used to effectively transition to a new paragraph, or help your ideas clearly flow from one sentence to the next.
What exactly is a
TRANSITION
?
http://www.ehow.com/about_4576808_transition-sentence_.html
Different types of transition words...
Addition transitions
and, again, and then, besides, equally important, finally, further, furthermore, nor, too, next, lastly, what's more, moreover, in addition, first (second, etc.)
Example: " Tim wasn't an exceptional athlete.
Furthermore
, his proper lack of diet kept him from having the energy he needed."
Comparison transitions
whereas, but, yet, on the other hand, however, nevertheless, on the contrary, by comparison, where, compared to, up against, balanced against, vis a vis, but, although, conversely, meanwhile, after all, in contrast, although this may be true
Example: "Lions like to hunt in packs, often working together to catch their food.
In comparison
, most other big cats, such as tigers, prefer to hunt alone"
Transitions to "prove"
because, for, since, for the same reason, obviously, evidently, furthermore, moreover, besides, indeed, in fact, in addition, in any case, that is
Example: "
In addition
to being a prolific writer, Tolkien was also a brilliant linguistic who taught classes at Oxford."
Transitions to indicate time
immediately, thereafter, soon, after a few hours, finally, then, later, previously, formerly, first (second, etc.), next, and then
Example:
"After a few hours
of restlessness, Forrest Gump decided to go for a run."
Transitions that emphasize
definitely, extremely, obviously, in fact, indeed, in any case, absolutely, positively, naturally, surprisingly, always, forever, perennially, eternally, never, emphatically, unquestionably, without a doubt, certainly, undeniably, without reservation
Example: "
Without a doubt
, Elvis Presley was a catalyst for rock n' roll. His music
undeniably
paved the way for many future musicians to push the limits."
Transitions that show sequence
first, second, third, and so forth. A, B, C, and so forth. next, then, following this, at this time, now, at this point, after, afterward, subsequently, finally, consequently, previously, before this, simultaneously, concurrently, thus, therefore, hence, next, and then, soon
Example: "The Roman Empire was split between East and West.
Subsequently
, the division caused the once great empire to slowly fade from its former glory."
Transitions to show an example
for example, for instance, in this case, in another case, on this occasion, in this situation, take the case of, to demonstrate, to illustrate, as an illustration, to illustrate
Example: "Sometimes, the right words come with practice.
For instance
, Winston Churchill was prone to imagine every type of insult one might attack him with so, when the time came, he would have the perfect rebuttal."
Transitions to summarize or conclude
in brief, on the whole, summing up, to conclude, in conclusion, as I have shown, as I have said, hence, therefore, accordingly, thus, as a result, consequently
Example: Statistics show that around 75% of people in the U.S are clinically dehydrated without knowing it.
Therefore
, it is easy to conclude that we could benefit in shifting away from processed beverages and including more water in our daily consumption.
http://owl.english.purdue.edu/owl/resource/574/02/
As a class, what transitions can we add to make this paragraph more effective?
Clive is a 76 year old man. He is a retired Geologist. He enjoys walks around the park. He likes watching the birds at the park. Clive eats a diet rich in fruits and whole grains to keep his heart healthy. His favorite snack is fig newtons and he likes to eat them while drinking Earl Grey tea. He enjoys watching Matlock on TV. Clive meets with his friends at the Moose Lodge once a week to complain about current events and the weather. Clive sits on his porch and watches to make sure kids don't disturb his lawn gnomes.
On the sheet of paper provided, write your own paragraph using effective transitions. Include at least three different types,
Essay topic: "What would your ideal vacation consist of and why?
In addition, the way
we
will use transitions, however, will be to move from one paragraph to the next within the body of the essay. The TRANSITION is a bridge connecting the ideas presented in the former as well as the next paragraph.
EXAMPLE: Imagine your previous paragraph is about difficulties training dogs and the next paragraph will be about training cats; the transitional sentence would look something like this...
While training a dog can be difficult, training a cat comes with its own unique set of problems.
This transitional statement at the close of the previous paragraph will lead into the next paragraph which will begin with a topic sentence as follows:
It can be extremely challenging to train a cat.
Just as a bridge touches land on both sides, a transition moving the reader from one paragraph to the next will need to "touch on" elements of both paragraphs.
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