Can someone tell me what a transition is?
Can you think of some examples that you've used in your writing before?
As writers, why do we need to use them?
What do they help our readers do?
They come up with a variety of answers, that include:
- Tell us (readers) where we're at
- Like the time?
- They keep our writing in order
Examples My Students Came Up With:
- To start, first, second, third, last, next, then, basically, finally, in conclusion
Their answers help me assess what they already know (prior knowledge), which gives us a foundation to build upon. It also helps me connect what I'm about to teach them to what they already know.
As I transition into my lesson, I add to what they've shared by having them write down these "guidelines" for using them in our writing (we title them Transitions Notes):
- A transition moves one idea (or one part of a story) to the next
- Transitions help us organize our ideas.
- Sometimes transitions come at the beginning of a sentence (or paragraph), in the middle, or at the end.
- You don't need a transition for every idea/event in your story.
We then talk about how different types of writing call for different types of transitions. I go back to the list they generated and explain that the majority of the transitions they came up with work best with essay writing. Since, we're working on narratives, we need a different set of transitions altogether.