ELA 5: Transition Words in Summary

This video defines transition words and how to use them. It goes over the different ways transition words can be used to relate ideas in an essay and gives examples of useful transition words for each of these different scenarios.

5th GradeLanguage Arts
Elementary and Middle School5th Grade
LanguageEnglish Language

Transcript

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Alright, maybe it's a new friend..

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transition words signal a connection between two ideas.

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They can flag all sorts of connections, acting like hooks that help us to link sentences [Chain links to a clasp]

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or ideas together, making a nice, long, logical chain of ideas that’s easy for the reader

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to follow.

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Since an essay or a summary is pretty much just a collection of different ideas all

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hooked together, it'd be nice if transition words could swoop in to save the day. Luckily, they totally [Batman punches the Joker in the face]

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can.

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So instead of your essay looking like a confusing game of tag, it’s more of a nice, clean

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round of “follow the leader.” Since transition words are used to show

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connection between ideas, let's take a moment to think about all of the ways ideas

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can be related to one another. [Man sitting on a couch and grandpa appears]

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That certainly explains the resemblance...

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You might want to show how similar two ideas are. [Two similar smartphones]

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On the other hand, if they're pretty different, you might want to contrast them.

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Or, on the third hand (we all have three hands, right?) we might just want to put them in [Man raises his third hand]

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some sort of sequence.

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Fortunately, there are transition words for each and every job.

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If we want to show similarity, here are a few great transition words: [Mary Poppins appears behind a woman sitting on a couch]

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For showing contrast, here are some good options:

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but

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however

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in contrast

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and whereas

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And finally, if showing a sequence is what you're really after, here are some transition

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words that'll help you out: With all of these transition words in your [Person carrying a steel toolbox]

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toolbox, the ideas in your essays and summaries should be flowing like the gentlest of rivers.

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And your reader can feel free to float nicely down that river [Man reading book floating down a river]

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Or they can take one look at the river, see their reflection, and start singing. Different strokes

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for different folks...