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Transition Words, Phrases & Clauses
Transcript of Transition Words, Phrases & Clauses
Transitional clauses usually add information to a word or phrase. They have a subject and a verb.
To illustrate. . .
Three quarters of Pompeii's population was wiped out by the volcano; that's over 15,000 people. To illustrate, that would be equivalent to one third of Caldwell's citizens.
On the other hand. . .
In Conclusion. . .
In conclusion, I want to visit Pompeii immediately!
Transitional phrases have more than one word, but they do not have a subject and a verb. (Though they may have one or the other).
Transitional Words are just that. . . words. They signal to a reader when to move forward, slow down, or stop. They are often separated from the rest of the sentence by a comma.
What would have made that paragraph flow more smoothly?
Wednesday, Jan. 15
Bellwork: Arrange the sentences in the most logical order. Start by writing the letter. After you get your answers confirmed, write the entire paragraph.
A. This phenomenon occurred in Pompeii, a city that was destroyed by volcanic eruption.
B. The volcanic ash mixed with mud and rain to form a paste.
C. The volcano spewed hardened lava and toxic gases that killed everything within range.
D. Imagine digging into the ground and finding an entire civilization, perfectly preserved after 2,000 years.
E. Pompeii was built on an inactive volcano, Mt. Vesuvius.
F. The paste formed a shell, and hardened around the city, freezing everything where it stood.
G. In 79 A.D. Mt. Vesuvius became very active, very quickly.
H. This scene doesn't have to be imagined, because the petrified remains of over 700 residents trapped eternally in the middle of their daily activities have been uncovered, and stand ready for viewing in Pompeii, Italy.
I will be able to arrange sentences in a paragraph. I will be able to add transitions to writing.
I will demonstrate it by writing a paragraph from an outline. I will demonsrate it by taking Cornell notes on transitions, then adding them to writing.
Imagine digging into the ground and finding an entire civilization, perfectly preserved after 2,000 years.
This phenomenon occurred in Pompeii, a city that was destroyed by volcanic eruption.
Pompeii was built on an inactive volcano, Mt. Vesuvius.
In 79 A.D. Mt. Vesuvius became very active, very quickly.
The volcano spewed hardened lava and toxic gases that killed everything within range.
The volcanic ash mixed with mud and rain to form a paste.
The paste formed a shell, and hardened around the city, freezing everything as it stood.
This scene doesn't have to be imagined, because the petrified remains of over 700 residents trapped eternally in the middle of their daily activities has already been uncovered, and stands ready for viewing in Pompeii, Italy.
What's the difference, and why do I care?
Look back to your Pompeii paragraph. Where could you put one of these transition words?
To some it seems macabre to view the instantly killed citizens of Pompeii. On the other hand, the city is a great resource in learning about ancient civilizations.
Transitions show a reader where to go next, and how to think about what they are about to read.
In Spite of. . .
In spite of the tragic nature of Pompeii's fate, thousands of people flock to view the ruins every year.
After the excitement died down. . .
Before the plane took off. . .
Next, we'll talk about brownies.
Brownies are delicious. However, they aren't the healthiest snack choice.
Therefore, eat brownies in moderation.
What do transition words and transitional phrases have in common? How are they different?
How can you decide if you are looking at a transition word or a transition clause?
Finally, the rollercoaster came to a stop.
After the terrifying ride ended, I stumbled off of the roller coaster.
More Examples . . .
on the other hand
in the same way
As a result
Why don't you see any transitional clauses on the list?
Rewrite the paragraph about Pompeii. Incorporate transitional words, phrases, and clauses. You must have one of each for credit.