Last week, I did a quick mini lesson on using transition words in writing. We talked about how transition words make stories sound better and help the reader move through the story. We discussed how clear organization is key to a successful story and how transition words are key to having clear organization. We made this anchor chart as a class of some common transition words we have used or have read in our read alouds or independent reading books.
After making the anchor chart together, the students cut and glued this simple foldable in their writing notebook. I love this foldable because of the graphic of the clock that reminds the students of the purpose of transition words in narrative texts and why they should be included in a text.
Underneath the flap, the students recorded the words from the chart. They also included any other words that we did not include on the chart. Throughout the year, this will be an ongoing foldable that the students will add to as they discover new transition words that they want to use in their writing. The students will refer to this foldable throughout the year as they are writing narrative texts.
I love quick and easy writing lessons that give the students an “anchor” to make their writing better in the future!
Click on the image below grab the free template from Google Docs. Let me know if you plan to use this foldable!