- write detailed sentences;
- link ideas using compound conjunctions;
- write cause-effect sentences using subordinating conjunctions;
- write conditional sentences;
- link events by time with subordinating conjunctions; and
- write strong topic and concluding sentences for paragraphs.
This Volume 3 of our Think, Then Write series is made up of two parts.
We will learn to use “transitions” to link our sentences together.
Transitions are “signal words” that indicate a relationship between ideas. Transitions may begin a sentence, link ideas within a sentence, and create links between sentences. They help to make paragraphs and writing projects easier to read and to understand.
In this pack, students will learn how to use and practice:
- time and sequence transitions to explain events/steps;
- cause and effect transitions;
- transitions to give examples;
- transitions to give emphasis to a point;
- contrast transitions to change direction; and
- transitions to finish a point.
Too often, students are expected to write entire texts as soon as they know how to write a paragraph. This is unreasonable: many students experience real difficulties moving from single paragraphs to projects requiring more than one paragraph, and some students need extra help.
This resource is designed to support students to write short multi-paragraph reports, using a scaffold or outline to plan the project, as well as fully worked examples they can use as models for their own work. Included in this resource are outlines for:
- a movie review;
- a video/computer game review; and
- a book report on a work of fiction.
Each section features:
- a worked example of an outline using a popular game, movie or book (as the case may be);
- an outline template that students can use to plan their own report about their favourite game, movie and book;
- a worked example of a completed 3-paragraph writing project generated from the outline; and
- space for students to write their own 3-paragraph report, using the example as a model.
We have selected each example – Toy Story, Super Mario Cart, and Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone – to appeal to as wide a range of student ages and interests as possible. With a little preparation, the outlines can be adapted to the interests of particular students, including books and films related to class texts of any level.
Looking for additional structured writing resources?
If you haven’t done so already, please check out other volumes in the Think, Then Write Program:
- Think, Then Write Foundations Bundle: writing simple and compound sentences
- Think, Then Write Volume 1: writing compound and complex sentences that require verbal reasoning
- Think, Then Write Volume 2: writing paragraphs
- Think, Then Write Volume 4: writing narratives
- Think, The Write Volume 5: compare and contrast objects, to see things from more than one perspective, to brainstorm pros and cons on issues, and to make arguments for and against different topics
- Think, Then Write Volume 6: tackling short answer questions
In early 2022, we will publish Think, Then Write Volume 7: Planning Essays and Assignments.