WRITING TIP Begin your sentences in different ways to make your writing more interesting.
Let’s read this together: Saturn: The Ringed Planet Saturn is the second-largest planet in our solar system.It was seen for the first time in 1610. A scientist saw ringsaround it. Its rings are made of ice and rock. It has over 50moons! Its farthest moon is named Fornjot.Circle the first word of each sentence.Which words did the writer start too many of her sentenceswith?Starting your sentences with the SAME WORD sounds boring!
Do you think this is a good paragraph?I had a horrible day yesterday. I woke up in the morningand got my shirt caught in the elevator. I ran for the schoolbus and missed it. I was late for school. I got in troublefrom Ms McGee. I spilled my lunch all over Ms Lee’s desk.I got a bad mark on my Math test. I wish the day was overin no second!Circle the first word of each sentence.Which words did the writer start too many of hersentences with?
Now look at this paragraph: Pluto: Not a Planet AnymorePoor little Pluto! It used to be the ninth planet in our solarsystem. Then, in 2006, scientists had a meeting aboutPluto’s size. They took a vote. Now, little Pluto is nolonger a true planet. Instead, it is known as a dwarfplanet!Circle the first word of each sentence.Notice the writer begins his sentences with differentwords. These words make his report flow better!
What about this one?To begin the week, I had a horrible day yesterday. First, Iwoke up in the morning and got my shirt caught in theelevator. Next, I ran for the school bus and missed it. Notonly that, but I was late for school. Then, I got in troublefrom Ms McGee. As if the worst was not over, I spilled mylunch all over Ms Lee’s desk. Finally, I got a bad mark onmy Math test. I wish the day was over in no second!Circle the first word of each sentence.Is this a better paragraph? Why?
These words are called transition wordsFirst, Because of that,Next, Finally,Then, Most importantly,Also, Best of all,And then, Last but not least,However, For example,Therefore, As a result,Even though
YOU CAN ALSO TURN A CHART INTO APARAGRAPH USING TRANSITION WORDS.
LET’S TURN THE CHART INTO A PARAGRAPH USINGTRANSITION WORDS. My First Soccer Game VictoryOn a sunny Saturday morning, Clifford, Sponge Bob, Dannyand some grade 3 students decided to play at a soccerfield in Morse Park. During the game, Danny passed theball to Clifford. He dribbled it all the way towards the goal. Clifford kicked the ball as hard as he could, and scored agoal. The crowd cheered, and Emily E. took a picture ofthe winning goal. Clifford’s team won the game!
Which idea is the most interesting one? (save it for last)Which idea is less interesting and original? (put it first!)
Which idea is the most interestingTHIS IS A WEB I MADE one?
Let’s try to use transition words to turn it into a goodparagraph.
WORK WITH A PARTNER TO TURN ITINTO A PARAGRAPH