In-class exercise: Transition cards

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Practice with transitions

This is based on a “Whose Line is it Anyway?” game. At least one class day before teaching transitions, I have the students create the cards. The students organize into pairs and I give each pair three quarter sheets of paper. They are to write one sentence on each piece of paper. The sentences can be about anything, but I ask them to keep them clean and to avoid questions. They are often skeptical, so I will usually tell them about the “Whose Line?” game. I then go through the cards after class and discard any that will not work.

On the day we discuss transitions, I mix the cards up and again have students get into pairs. Each pair gets two cards. Their challenge is to write a transition sentence that will go between both cards to connect the sentences in some way. Each pair shares…

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