Implementing the use of
transition words into
writing. Writing GLE 2‐
• Defining transition words
• Linking phrases
Link to DESE's GLEs • Filling in the blank using
Time‐Order Transition Words:
includes words like first,
next, then, last, finally,
before, afterward, soon,
meanwhile, earlier, later,
in the meantime,
Cause/Effect Transition words:
include words like because,
therefore, since, so, as a result
of, if, and then.
Location Transition words
includes words like above, below,
among, beneath, beside, in front of,
next to, opposite, and nearby.
Compare/Contrast Transition Words
includes words like but,
however, on the other hand,
also, otherwise, in the same
way, like, and although.
Now let's use some transitions words.
Drag the correct transition word to the
My sister went to the park ________
I walked my dog __________
I took a trip to the zoo.
Dad washed the car because
The cats ran to the door
It rained all morning
My brother mowed the grass nearby
Water dripped from the trees
Birds sang from their nests as
The sunset was colorful
Smoke rose from the chimney
Rachel Carson wrote about living things, the
environment, and pollution. ____________
of her work, people started making laws to
protect the earth.
Mother Teresa left her home in Yugoslovia
to care for the sick and poor in India.
__________, she opened hospitals, schools,
and shelters in several countries.
Helen Keller, _____________ blind and deaf,
graduated from college with honors. She spoke
all over the world and worked to help blind
Harriet Tubman was a brave woman that was
born a slave. ______, when she was older, she
escaped to freedom. She wanted to help free other
slaves, ____ it was a crime to help a slave. Harriet
_______ became a leader of the underground
Use the transition word
dictionary on the next slide to
create a personal transition word
dictionary for each student.
Source: Instructor, November/December
Transition Words, pp. 50-52.
• Using transition words in writing is an
effective way to reaveal sequence and order of
the events in a story.
• It aids in developing cause and effect
• It clarifies locations in your writing.
• It enables comparing and contrasting.
Instructor, Nov/Dec 2004
Transition Words, pp 50-52.
This lesson was created to be used during Women's History
Assessment Month. The sentences about important women in history
were created using prior knowledge.
This lesson is an
transition words. The
Career Areas: Being an
next step would be to effective, creative writer
write sentences using can impact all career
them. I would then choices. Specifically in
encourage transition the following fields:
word usage in other journalism, english,
writing lessons. education, and any
research based field.