Transitions for Writing Exercises and Worksheets

  • Understanding and knowing how to use transitions is essential for anyone who aims to be a good  writer.
  • Transitions bring structure and clarity to writing.
  • Transitions are usually broken up into 6  categories: cause/effect, contrast, adding information, sequence, comparison and emphasis.
  • There are a number of ways to teach transitions.
  • Word sorting exercises teach the different types of transitions.
  • Gap fill exercises help clarify if students understand the meanings and subtle differences between various transitions.
  • And sentence writing exercises challenge the students’ grammar and writing skills.

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Essay transitions exercises

5 exercises for teaching transitions (PDF)

Reporting verbs exercises (PDF)

Descriptive essay transitions exercise (PDF)

Argument transitions & structure exercises

Using transitions exercises (PDF)

Practice for linking words and transitions

Cause/effect transitions essay (PDF)

Combine the sentences with transitions &
conjunctions (PDF)

Text structure quiz (PDF)

Transitional  words multiple choice exercises (PDF)

Transitions multiple choice comprehension
exercises (PDF)

Transitions paragraph puzzles (PDF)

Text structure frames (PDF)

Connectives multiple choice exercise

Exercise on connectives

Linking words exercises for contrast, addition, cause and result

Complete the sentences with but and because (word p.11)

Write the sentence again, using the word in brackets.

Coordinate/ing conjunctions exercises

Fill in the blanks with the correct coordinate conjunctions chosen from the pairs

Coordinating conjunctions worksheet (PDF)

Choose the best coordinating conjunctions (PDF)

Teaching ideas for linking words, signal words, transitions and conjunctions

Yes But Dialogue Game

But, however, although

Guides and lists for linking words, signal words, transitions, conjunctions or connectors

A list of conjunctions,grouped according to the function they perform in a sentence.(PDF)

Sentence examples for transitional wods (word)

Transitional Words and Phrases Excellent list divided into mild and strong

Transitional words divided by function