Transitions are a very important part of writing a story and keeping it organized. Transitions help us connect one thought to another and help our stories flow more smoothly. They also give the reader an idea of what is coming up next in the story.
Transition words can be used to help sequence ideas between paragraphs or between sentences.
Transition words are used in sentences when:
- Adding information (Another, also, first, second, third, in addition, and, beside, furthermore, moreover, etc.)
- Making a conclusion (In conclusion, to sum up, to conclude, finally, etc.)
- Repeating information (In fact, in other words, once again, to repeat, etc.)
- Showing a comparison (like, likewise, similarly, in comparison, as in, etc.)
- Showing a difference (but, in contrast, rather than, unlike, though, yet, although, however, etc.)
- Showing time (after that, later, next, then, now, still, while, following, before, the next day, soon, in time, etc.)
- Showing cause (because, caused by, because of, since,etc.)
Example: John found it hard to make new friends since he moved.
- Showing Effect (as a result, that is why, therefore, for this reason, consequently, etc.)
It was Sandy's 6th birthday and she was ready for her big party! Sandy's mom decorated the house with ribbons and balloons, and stacked beautifully wrapped gifts on the table. Her mom also bought a cake that was beautifully decorated with flowers, and had Sandy's name printed on the top with bright yellow frosting. Sandy and her friends ate cake and played lots of games. Although Sandy was tired from her fun-filled day, her mom had another birthday surprise waiting for her outside. (Use transitional sentence to connect the first paragraph with the next. )
Sandy's eyes were covered with her mom's hands as she was led outside to the driveway to see her one last gift. Her mom removed her hands and Sandy gasped at the site of a brand new bicycle. She wanted a new bike without training wheels for a long time and she finally got it! Sandy told her mom that this was the best birthday ever!
- I felt tired for the next three days _________ the event.
- I loved those cupcakes ________they were made fresh.
- I would ________go to the concert with my friends _______helping out with chores.
- __________, I never liked her __________she was never honest about her feelings.
- ____________, Jay also wanted to go.
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