Here is a quick example of some wonderful tips that are good to share with your students; especially good for constructed response questions.  I would photocopy this and give each student a copy to keep in their binders.

English III
Redlon

TRANSITIONAL WORDS & PHRASES

 

Chronological Order/Join Paragraphs

Additionally After Afterwards also
Always As soon Before Earlier
Eventually finally first In addition
In conclusion Last later Meanwhile
Next Next week Not long after Now
Preceding Prior to Second Soon
Then To conclude Tomorrow until
when While    

Spatial Order/Locators

Above Adjacent to among Behind
Below Beyond farther In front
In the middle Lowest Nearby Nearest
Next to On the left On the right Opposite
outside There Under underneath

Comparison/Similarities

Also As though As well as By comparison
Compared to Either…or In addition to In the same way
Likely Likewise Neither…nor outside
Similarly Than    

Contrast

Although As opposed to But By contrast
Conversely Despite Either Even though
However If In spite of Instead
neither Nevertheless Rather than Still

Cause and Effect Result

Accordingly As a consequence As a result Because
Because of Brought about Consequently Because of
For this reason Give rise to If…then Made possible
Obviously Owing to Since So
therefore This results in thus  

Additional Facts/Joining Paragraphs

Additionally again Also And
Another Besides Finally First
Further Furthermore In addition Initially
last Next Summing up To begin with

Repetition/Conclusion

All of this means In brief In other words To close
To finish To repeat To summarize  

Specific Examples

A few of these are especially For example In particular
notably Specifically    

Emphasis

absolutely basically certainly essentially
In fact indeed Of course positively
surely Unquestionably    

Introducing Details

As evidence For example For instance In fact
In support of this      

Concluding Phrases

above In any case In short To be sure
Without a doubt As noted In any event In summation
To sum up obviously As one can see In brief
undoubtedly For the reasons In other words On the whole
Unquestionably      

Supporting Opinion

Again Also Besides Equally important
Finally First Further Furthermore
In addition In the first place Last Likewise
Moreover Next second similarly
third      

English III
Redlon

WORDS TO AVOID WHEN WRITING ESSAYS

LIKE (unless used as a legit simile)

ALSO

VERY

GOOD

AWESOME

INTERESTING

NICE

A LOT / LOTS

STUFF

COOL

FUN

KIND OF

SORT OF

“I BELIEVE”

PLUS:  Avoid CLICHÉS “LIKE THE PLAGUE”

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