0008 Apply Principles of Organization in Writing
Identify Appropriate Transitional Words or Phrases (e.g., "however," "as a result," "moreover") to Help Readers Understand the Organization of Ideas
Transitions Between Paragraphs
When taking the VCLA you need to be aware of how two paragraphs are connected logically. Transitional words or phrases sometimes are the clues you need to underscore the intellectual relationship between paragraphs. Very often, such transitions:
- Address an essential similarity or dissimilarity (likewise, in contrast, despite, etc)
- Suggest a meaningful ordering, often temporal (first, in addition) or causal (thus, therefore)
- In a longer paper, remind the reader of what has earlier been argued (in short, as has been said, on the whole).
A list of common transitional words and phrases can be found on the the next page.