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This video talks about transitions—why are they important for your essay? What do they do? What are the two major types of transition?
|Essay Writing||Writing Elements and Process|
|Sentence Logic||Logical Transitions|
Sound like any 5-year-olds you know? [kid coloring on the floor]
There may actually be some link between all of those thoughts…
…but the world will never know. Because that guy failed to use “transitions.”
You can think of transitions as signposts that are scattered through your essay…[signs on a path in the woods]
…that help your readers navigate the various ideas you introduce.
They basically help make clear what one thing has to do with another…
…so your readers don’t get lost.
Which is a good thing, because they only have enough water to last them a few days. [girl in the desert with a water bottle]
Your goal is to craft a paper that flows so smoothly…
…that it isn’t jarring when you go from one paragraph to the next. [hair on an essay getting brushed]
It should feel more like a steady stream of thought than a…
…crashing waterfall of thought. There are two major types of transitions:
Those that transition through words…
…and those that transition through ideas. Transition words indicate a relationship between
a couple of ideas. [two Ideas on a date at the theatre]
So instead of “I was just bitten by a raccoon. I’ve had my shots”…
…you could say “I was just bitten by a raccoon; however, I’ve had my shots.”
The sentence doesn’t change much, but it’s much clearer in the second example why you
switch from talking about rabid woodland creatures to your medical history. [doctor talking to a raccoon]
You’re establishing a connection between the two.
Transitions can show contrast… with words like “but,” “however,” “in contrast”
…they can show similarity… as in “additionally,” “also,” or “similarly”…
…or they can demonstrate a sequence… “first,” “second,” “next,” “subsequently,”
But you can also transition through ideas. [light bulbs turning on]
See how we transitioned there?
To transition through ideas, you can make a reference to a key phrase from earlier in
your paper to draw a connection.
And it doesn't have to be an exact repetition of a phrase…
…it can simply be a restating or further exploration of a topic that was brought up
For example, if you mention in Paragraph 2 that cats and dogs are capable of feeling
…and then in Paragraph 3 you talk about what a crime it is to abuse animals…
…you’ve created a transition. By using a common or related words to make
a connection between two different parts of your paper…
…you allow your reader to do some thinking for themselves. [brain on a stationary bike]
After all, readers don’t want everything spoon-fed to them.
Maybe just a little banana pudding after dinner.