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Transition Words Lesson Plan

Instructor: Sharon Linde
Use this Study.com lesson plan to teach your students about the types of transition words found in literature. Practice with sentences and then have students work to apply knowledge in their own writing.

Learning Objectives

After this lesson, students will be able to:

  • identify types of transition words
  • explain the purpose of transition words
  • apply knowledge in sentences and writing

Length:

  • 1 hour

Materials

  • Short piece of writing without transitions
  • Chart paper

Key Vocabulary

  • Disparate
  • Transition

Curriculum Standards

  • CCSS.ELA-Literacy.W.9-10.1.c

Use words, phrases, and clauses to link the major sections of the text, create cohesion, and clarify the relationships between claim(s) and reasons, between reasons and evidence, and between claim(s) and counterclaims.

  • CCSS.ELA-Literacy.W.9-10.2.c

Use appropriate and varied transitions to link the major sections of the text, create cohesion, and clarify the relationships among complex ideas and concepts.

  • CCSS.ELA-Literacy.L.9-10.1.b

Use various types of phrases (noun, verb, adjectival, adverbial, participial, prepositional, absolute) and clauses (independent, dependent; noun, relative, adverbial) to convey specific meanings and add variety and interest to writing or presentations.

Instructions

  • Begin by reading the writing sample without transition words to your class. It should sound choppy and uncomfortable. After, ask students to identify what it was about the piece that made it difficult to listen to. Introduce transition words.
  • Watch our Study.com lesson How to Write Strong Transitions & Transitional Sentences.
  • Ask students to take notes during the lesson, paying attention to the different types of transition words.
  • After the lesson, ask:
    • Where do we find transitional words in sentences?
    • What role do transition words play in writing?
    • What would it be like to read a text or speak to someone who didn't use transitions?
  • When you see students understand the role and importance of transition words, create a chart organizing the transition words into categories, like 'location' and 'time.' Allow students to use their notes.

Activity

  • Partner students and hand out paragraphs without transitions. Have students work together to rewrite the paragraph using transition words and phrases.
  • Move about the room to support students and clarify understanding. Work with small groups if necessary.
  • Share work and compare uses of transition words.
  • For homework, ask students to write a short paragraph that does NOT use transition words. The following class, repeat the activity as a warm-up, allowing students to exchange papers.

Extensions

  • Continue to add to your transition word bank as students come across transition words and phrases in their reading. Refer to it when writing.
  • Give students a list of transition words and phrases. Have them create a story around these.
  • Instruct students to conduct a social experiment with family or friends outside of class by not using transition words and phrases when speaking. Notice and discuss reactions.

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