Paragraph Transitions: Making Connections Worksheet

Assignment Writing: Writing Process

Practice creating a coherent flow with this Paragraph Transitions Worksheet. Ten exercises provide you with the closing sentence of one paragraph while asking you to write the first sentence of a new paragraph to improve your assignment writing.

Paragraph Transitions: Making Connections

Instructions

In each of the exercises below, you are given the final sentence of a preceding paragraph and the idea on which to focus the next paragraph. Write the first sentence for each new paragraph. Aim to vary your choice of transitional words and phrases, and work in at least three conceptual transitions while writing the sentences. Make up small bits of information if necessary.

  • End of previous paragraph:From this research, you can conclude that the use of cellular phones correlates with a higher risk of vehicle accidents.


    Idea in next paragraph: Not all age groups have the same level of risk.


    First sentence of new paragraph:

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  • End of previous paragraph: These are the three main reasons repeat offenders of serious crimes have less success with rehabilitation programs.


    Idea in next paragraph: Two additional reasons that are not as common


    First sentence of new paragraph:
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  • End of previous paragraph: Through this process, genetic engineering helps improve the taste of foods.


    Idea in next paragraph: Provides examples of several foods that have been enhanced through genetic engineering.


    First sentence of new paragraph:

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  • End of previous paragraph: For this reason, teenagers under the age of 16 should not be permitted to obtain birth control without parental consent.


    Idea in next paragraph: A second argument that supports not allowing younger teens to obtain birth control without parental consent.


    First sentence of new paragraph:

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  • End of previous paragraph: Even if marijuana is legalized, another illegal drug is likely to take its place in the drug trade.


    Idea in next paragraph: Legalizing marijuana would reduce drug-related crime.


    First sentence of new paragraph:

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  • End of previous paragraph: The fall of Al Capone is marked by the addition of specialized agents referred to as “The Untouchables.”


    Idea in next paragraph: Information about how “The Untouchables” were formed and what their task was with respect to Al Capone.


    First sentence of new paragraph:

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  • End of previous paragraph: These examples make it clear that the media perpetuates racial implications in situations where none exist.


    Idea in next paragraph: How the media’s focus on race when it is not part of a discussion or story affects racial tensions.


    First sentence of new paragraph:

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  • End of previous paragraph: This is the mindset of many members of the mainstream Democratic Party.


    Idea in next paragraph: The mindset of members of the mainstream Republican Party on the same issue.


    First sentence of new paragraph:

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  • End of previous paragraph: Effective communication is facilitated through this process.


    Idea in next paragraph: The role nonverbal cues play in communication.


    First sentence of new paragraph:

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  • End of previous paragraph: This recent downturn in the economy has led many small businesses to put hiring on hold.


    Idea in next paragraph: Additional reasons small businesses have put a hold on hiring.


    First sentence of new paragraph:

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