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Transitional Techniques

Transitional Techniques

This is a PowerPoint presentation on transitions designed for ESL students. However, it may be helpful for any student who needs help with his or her use of transitions. This lesson avoids transitional words and phrases and goes right to more advanced transitional techniques. It takes a few moments to download, so please be patient.


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Alexander Lewko
Alexander Lewko (Faculty)
1 year ago
This is a very useful PowerPoint presentation for students to independently learn some very important techniques for learning paragraph organization using the "Given-New" theory. A video embedded in the file allows the student to watch the narrator add transition elements to a paragraph without any. Because the narrator is thinking aloud and explaining the reasoning behind the additions, the student witnesses the thought process a writer should go through when editing to improve transitions. Short quizzes each focus on a particular transition technique, allowing the students to demonstrate that s/he recognizes good flow. Perhaps in the quizzes save for the final question, the incorrect answers can be reconsidered. The reason is that although it is clear which answer is correct, the "incorrect" answer, while not using the transition technique, is not necessarily an example of incoherent writing. The incorrect answers could show a blatantly improper use of the technique so that students can see what happens when it is used ineffectively. This would be of use to my own ESL students who, although advanced in their use of English, still struggle with these issues as they actively use transitions, but in an improper way.
Time spent reviewing site: 30 Minutes
Dale Ehrhart
Dale Ehrhart (Faculty)
8 years ago

This is an enjoyable Stand Alone Instructional Resource (StAIR) created in PowerPoint. It uses primarily direct instruction with examples and assessments and includes a movie at the beginning of the exercise. Students easily move at their own pace, and when answering a question they can't move forward until they answer it correctly. I really enjoyed the embedded sounds for incorrect answers.

Technical Remarks:

After downloading, the PowerPoint opens in editing mode, so I would consider saving it so it opens automatically as a presentation. The PowerPoint operates in Kiosk mode and the action buttons work as expected, but I would consider placing back buttons on all slides in case a student chooses to review content from a previous slide. The movie has a .mov extension so PC users may need to download a plug-in to use it.

Time spent reviewing site: 40
Joseph Buffa
Joseph Buffa (Teacher (K-12))
9 years ago

This powerpoint is easy for students to navigate and engages them with images and self-check quizzes. The focus is on introducting transition usage when writing paragraphs and it would be a great opportunity to use this resource to flip the classroom. Students can go home and learn about transitions on through the powerpoint and come to class the next day prepared to demonstrate their new found knowledge.

The pedagogical strategy that dominates this lesson direct instruction through the "rule-example" approach. Students are exposed to different types of transitions and then presented a few examples of those transitions in use. It seems to be easily accessible to all learners and will allow them to go through the powerpoint at their own pace. This is in line with UDL principles.

Technical Remarks:

The powerpoint runs in kiosk mode and has a video clip embedded.

Perhaps this could be improved upon by having students create a writing sample once they have finished the powerpoint and posting it to a wiki or blog before they come to school the next day. The teacher can then review these posts and gauge where students are at with the material coming into the class. It would add an additional technological component to the lesson and this could allow for some more individualized differentiation/another opportunity for teacher feedback.

Used in course? Yes
Time spent reviewing site: 20 minutes