Use this transition words flip book as a quick reference tool in your students’ writing notebook or interactive notebook to encourage varied and sophisticated transitions in writing. Each page includes a list of transitions suited for a particular purpose in students’ writing.
★ Resource that students can use over and over all year long
★ Spark immediate and lasting improvement in your students’ writing
★ Easy to assemble and use
(2) How to Assemble Your Transition Words Flip Book (with photos)
(3) Flip book cover
(4) Add information
(5) Add an example
(5) Clarify ideas
(8) Show purpose
First, print one copy of page 3 for every four students. Then, print one copy of page 4-8 for each student. You may pre-cut pages with a paper slicer if desired to save classroom minutes. I also recommend you make a copy for yourself to show as a completed example. Assembly is easy! Cut the pages out, stack them using the numbers in the upper right margin, and staple together.
How to Use this Transition Words Flip Book
Provide the flip book as a reference tool students can use independently when revising their writing.
To make this an interactive review, have students write their own example sentences using a new transition. My students collect “golden lines” from mentor texts or their own writing and record them on the back of the previous page so that they’re visible when browsing through that list.
When you introduce or review a mode of writing, have students use their transitions flip books to teach a mini lesson on types of transitions particularly applicable to that mode, e.g. Time, Location, or Cause for narrative writing or Add Examples, Clarify Ideas, and Conclusion for argumentative writing.
For tips and hacks that will make interactive notebooks easier to manage, see this blog post on INB Tricks to Teach Your Students.