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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

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.