Seamless Transitions



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Seamless Transitions

  • The point of transitions is to help your writing flow smoothly from one idea to the next.

Seamless Transitions

  • Transition words and phrases can effectively link ideas in your writing.
  • However, too often, student writers haphazardly plug in transitional phrases from a list at the beginning of paragraphs.
  • These often sound unnecessary and/or unnaturally awkward and can actually interrupt the flow more than help it.

Not-So-Seamless Transitions

  • Example: “In contrary to most cities, Seattle not only has three sports teams including…, but an extravagant aquarium…”
  • Example: “The extended-day schedule would not work here. To illustrate, students just don’t want it here.”

Seamless Transitions

Seamless Transitions

Seamless Transitions

  • For example, end one paragraph like this:
  • “…Secondly, when students are disruptive in class, the teacher will become very agitated; therefore, unable to teach. Now isn’t it odd that being disruptive and noisy at lunch could lead to all of this mess? You MUST assign seating arrangements so everybody at our school can be stress-free.”

Seamless Transitions

  • Start the next paragraph like this:
    • “Stress can result in many happenings: falling behind in school work, acne, and even dropping out of school. You may think stress does not have anything to do with lunchtime, but it does—big time. It is where cliques are made, gangs are joined, and fights are not a rarity but a common occurrence.”

Seamless Transitions

Seamless Transitions

  • Ex. #2, start of the following paragraph:
  • “I believe there are more effective ways to get the message across that the current behavior is unacceptable than to tether kids to chairs for the half hour they eat lunch.”

Seamless Transitions

  • Example #3, end of one paragraph:
  • “In fact, riding horses can even be your daily mode of transportation. Need something from the store? Outside McClintock’s Mercantile there’s a hitching post with a watering trough for your trusty steed.”

Seamless Transitions

  • Example #3, start of the next paragraph:
  • “McClintock’s Mercantile is reason enough to live in Luckenbach. This fabulous emporium is like an urban mall, while still having the charm of an old-fashioned general store, which is really what it is.”

Seamless Transitions

  • Your turn:
  • Read the essay on the handout.
  • Identify the main idea of each body paragraph.
  • Add sentences to connect all five paragraphs seamlessly.
  • Highlight your ideas that help connect or relate the paragraphs.


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