How to Write Transitions | Writing

January 15, 2016 thetasctest

When you write an essay or a letter, how do you connect your sentences, paragraphs, and ideas? How does your writing flow and make sense to your audience?  

In writing, transitions connect sentences, paragraphs, and main ideas to create a unified piece of work, according to Purdue University’s Online Writing Lab.

As you continue to prepare for the TASC Test Assessing Secondary Completion™ Writing subtest, let’s look at three strategies to writing strong transitions:

  1. Highlight Connections.

Purdue University’s Online Writing Lab notes that the key to writing cohesive transitions is to highlight the connections between related paragraphs. As you transition to a new paragraph, reference information in previous paragraphs that will support and connect new facts and ideas. Use phrases such as:

  • “Take the case of…explained in paragraph two…”
  • “This fact correlates with…examined in section one…”
  • “This situation is similar to…as discussed earlier…”
  1. Repeat Important Points.

When you transition to a new paragraph using phrases like,

  • “As previously stated…”
  • “As I have noted…”
  • “In brief…”

You’re using a repetitive transition. These transitions reiterate important information readers must know in order to understand upcoming ideas and concepts.

  1. Discuss in Sequence.  

One of the simplest ways to transition from point to point in your work is to write in sequence. When events and information flow in a natural, chronological order, readers are able to follow the development of your main idea easier. To transition in a progressive way, use phrases like:

  • First
  • Next
  • Then
  • Following this
  • Afterward

Don’t stop learning about transitions with these three strategies. Discover more ways to create strong transitions throughout your writing at Purdue University’s Online Writing Lab.

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