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  1. 1. Transitions Dr. C Composition II
  2. 2. What is a Transition? <ul><li>Transitions signal relationships between ideas </li></ul><ul><ul><li>“ Another example coming up--stay alert!” </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>“ Here's an exception to my previous statement” </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>“ Although this idea appears to be true, here's the real story.” </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>“ In addition to the dangers of posting too much information, there is also the danger of online predators” </li></ul></ul>
  3. 3. So What Do They Really Do? <ul><li>Basically, transitions provide the reader with directions for how to piece together your ideas into a logically coherent argument. </li></ul><ul><li>Transitions are not just &quot;window dressing&quot; that embellish your paper by making it sound or read better. They are words with particular meanings that tell the reader to think and react in a particular way to your ideas. </li></ul>
  4. 4. How Do Transitions Work? <ul><li>The organization of your written work includes two elements: (1) the order in which you have chosen to present the different parts of your discussion or argument, and (2) the relationships you construct between these parts. </li></ul>
  5. 5. Types of Transitions <ul><li>Transitions between Sections --Particularly in longer works, it may be necessary to include transitional paragraphs that summarize for the reader the information just covered and specify the relevance of this information to the discussion in the following section. </li></ul>
  6. 6. Types of Transitions Cont… <ul><li>Transitions between Paragraphs-- If you have done a good job of arranging paragraphs so that the content of one leads logically to the next, the transition will highlight a relationship that already exists by summarizing the previous paragraph and suggesting something of the content of the paragraph that follows. A transition between paragraphs can be a word or two ( however, for example, similarly ), a phrase, or a sentence. </li></ul>
  7. 7. Types of Transitions Cont… <ul><li>Transitions within Paragraphs --As with transitions between sections and paragraphs, transitions within paragraphs act as cues by helping readers to anticipate what is coming before they read it. Within paragraphs, transitions tend to be single words or short phrases. </li></ul>
  8. 8. Examples of Good Transitions <ul><li>The technical challenges of fuel cell vehicles pale in comparison to the market obstacles that such a major switch in vehicle fuels would face. </li></ul><ul><li>Transhumanism may be a new concept to some but it is deeply rooted in “geek” culture. </li></ul>
  9. 9. The Rest of the Week’s Activities <ul><li>Work on paper, meet with group or partner. Those scheduled to conference with me, meet me downstairs now. </li></ul><ul><li>If you meet with group or partner, don’t forget to document your meetings on your “Personal Blog” </li></ul><ul><li>Next Class Session - Mini-Lecture on Essay Organization </li></ul><ul><li>I strongly suggest that you look closely at the grading rubric. It explains exactly how you will be graded on this first essay. </li></ul>