Video Lesson: Using Transitions


Length: 2:14

Bacon. Lettuce. Tomato. Mayo. Rye bread. You know what I’m talking about, right? Sounds pretty tasty! A sandwich order easily calls for a choppy, straightforward request, but when our students are writing essays, research reports with MLA in-text citations, and other types of writing assignments, they need to include transition words. Transition words connect ideas in a logical manner and help the reader understand the central idea and supporting evidence in an assignment.

Whether you’re an English language arts teacher, history teacher, science teacher, or even a school librarian, written work in your subject area is a constant occurrence, one that you’re always striving to help your students refine. Are you looking for the perfect video to introduce transitions? Or, are your students in need for a refresher on how to use transitions effectively? Look no further! Check out our animated video, Transitions. In just over two minutes, your students will learn:

  • What transitions are
  • Why transitions are beneficial to use in writing pieces
  • Commonly used transition words to include in written work
  • How to effectively insert transition words in their appropriate places
  • How to turn a boring and confusing writing piece into an interesting and understandable one

Here are a few discussion questions to pose to students throughout the video to promote student discourse and learning:

  1. Why is it important to add transition words in our writing pieces? What would the world be like if transition words didn’t exist?
  2. Besides the transition words included in the video, can you think of any others to easily include in your writing? Create an anchor chart of helpful transition words to use as a reference.

Try out some of these fun and engaging lesson ideas to help promote the use of transition words in writing:

  1. Pair students up and provide each group with a choppy, confusing paragraph. Ask the students to rewrite the paragraph, inserting transition words and phrases where appropriate, to make the writing piece understandable and interesting.
  2. Full class activity: Place a paragraph in need of transition words on the board in sentence strips. Give each student, or group of students, a blank sentence strip and a marker. Ask the students to write a transitional word or phrase on the sentence strip, and place it in the paragraph where appropriate.

If you’re teaching your students how to effectively use transitions in their research papers, don’t forget to remind them to format and cite their work as well! Here are our helpful guides on MLA style, APA format, and Chicago style format.

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Bonus: Copy and paste a newly written paragraph into the EasyBib Plus plagiarism and grammar checker. The first 5 grammar suggestions are free! Also free? Our grammar guides on adverbs, conjunctions, interjections, and other parts of speech.

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Michele Kirschenbaum

Michele Kirschenbaum is the in-house librarian at EasyBib. You can find her here on Twitter.