Transition Words. Transition words, linking phrases, and questions show the connections between your ideas. Re-writing your topic sentences with transition words will make your whole essay more connected. I tell students that using transition words is the easiest way to bump up their essay grade.
An example of topic sentences using transition words and phrases:
Introduction idea: Recently, as we have all heard on the news, bullying and violence among school children seems to be increasingly on the rise, along with school shootings.
Thesis: Why is there an increase in violence? I believe it must be because children are watching more violent images at earlier ages
- As a matter of fact, because of new technology, young people have access to a lot more screen time than people of an earlier generation.
- Unfortunately, young people can't always tell between fiction and reality.
- In addition, watching violence desensitizes us to it.
- In consequence, some kids become obsessed with characters in video games and movies and sometimes act out what they see
Conclusion idea: Do we really care about our children? If we do, we need to limit the amount of violence children see on media.
If you are using the video, ask the first three questions before viewing.
1. Have you ever found something that belonged to someone else and wanted to keep it? What did you do and how did you decide?
2. What's wrong with "finders keepers, losers weepers"?
3. Have you ever heard of the Golden Rule? Who can recite it and say what it means?
4. Did Rhonda and Fiona know the right thing to do when they found the wallet?
5. What made Rhonda and Fiona change their minds about keeping the money?
6. Do you think things would have turned out differently if Tuggy hadn't appeared? Explain.
7. Have you ever really wanted to do something, but deep down you felt it wasn't right? How did you decide what to do?
8. How often do you think about whether something is right or wrong before you decide to do it?
9. Why do people sometimes do the right thing even when it's not as easy or as much fun as something else?
10. When you're faced with a choice between right and wrong, what influences your decision?
11. What would happen if nobody cared about doing the right thing?
12. How do you know when something you might do is right or wrong?