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0006 Understand the Influence of Purpose and Audience
0007 Unity, Focus, and Development
0008 Apply Principles of Organization
Recognize Effective Organization
Transitional Words or Phrases
0009 Sentence and Paragraph Construction
0010 Apply Correct Usage in Standard English
0011 Apply Knowledge of Mechanical Conventions
Practice Writing Tests
0012 Analyzing and Revising Sentences
0013 Produce a Written Summary
0014 Prepare an Organized, Developed Composition

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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

Transitional words and phrases are placed at key points to lead a reader through the sentences and paragraphs. Using transitional words helps achieve clear and coherent communication with an audience.

When writers connect sentences and paragraphs, they provide a sense of movement that allows their readers to follow the main and subordinate ideas easily and, as a result, understand the writer’s purpose and message.

Clear transitions are essential to the coherence of paragraphs and essays. There are several types of transitions, each leading the reader to make certain connections or assumptions. Some lead the reader forward and imply the "building" of an idea or thought, while others make the reader compare ideas or draw conclusions from the preceding thoughts.