Transitional Words/Phrases


In our Transitional Words/Phrases lesson plan, students learn common transitional words and phrases that they can use in their writing and how to identify them in other people’s writing. They practice using these words and phrases to establish sequences in their writing.

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Our Transitional Words/Phrases lesson plan introduces students to the many transitional words, phrases, and clauses they can use to manage the sequence of events for narrative writing, stories, and other types of text. Many students can write paragraphs well, but often have a difficult time transitioning from one subtopic to another. In this lesson, students are asked to work collaboratively with a partner to create paragraphs using a given set of transitional words or phrases. Students are also asked to use given transitional words and phrases in sentences.

At the end of the lesson, students will be able to use a variety of transitional words, phrases, and clauses to manage the sequence of events and clarify the relationships among ideas and concepts.

State Educational Standards: LB.ELA-LITERACY.W.5.3.C, LB.ELA-LITERACY.W.6.2.C

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Language Arts


5th Grade, 6th Grade