Transition Words

A helpful way to begin teaching students about transition words:

  1. Call attention to ways transition words are used within your classroom read aloud or the book being used for reading groups.
  2. Find a particular paragraph that sequences something, an opening that catches everyone’s attention, or words that mark the ending of a chapter or idea.
  3. Use these models as a way to discuss students’ own writing.
  4. Encourage students to review something they’ve written and look for evidence of transition words.
  5. Ask students to find places within their own writing where transition words will clarify what they’re trying to say or help the piece by moving the action along.
  6. Using editing marks, have students revise their writing using just the right transition words.

(n.d.). Transition words. Retrieved from Reading Rockets website:


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