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Grade 4 Writing - Transitional Words and Phrases

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Transitional words and phrases should be used in narrative writing. Since events are written in sequential order, the use of transitional words will make the story read more smoothly. They allow the reader to fully understand the relationships between events. In this quiz, students will answer questions about transitional words used in certain situations of a story.

1.
What transition word or phrase would fit appropriately in the blank?

____ the storm, my dog trembled in fear from the sound of the thunder.
During
Meanwhile
Right away
Moments later
These two events would take place at the same time
2.
What transition word or phrase would fit appropriately in the blank?

____, we rose from our sleepy state and started to get ready for our big trip.
By the time
Never
As soon as
At dawn
This event would take place in the early hours of the morning
3.
What transition word or phrase would fit appropriately in the blank?

The dark criminal turned the corner with my purse in his hand. ____ I thought I should call the police, but then I decided to chase him.
By 3 o'clock
An hour later
Just as
At first
This event would take place first before the next event would take place
4.
What transition word or phrase would fit appropriately in the blank?

____ nightfall, Patty would need to study for her exam since it was going to take place during her first class.
In just
Right after
Just before
As
This event would happen before the student went to bed
5.
In your narrative, you want to show that the next event will take place at the same time as something else.
What transitional word or phrase should be used to show this sequence?
Quickly
Late
While
During the day
"While" should be used to explain that two things are happening at the same time
6.
In your narrative, you want to show that the next event in your story will take place tomorrow.
What transitional word or phrase should be used to show this sequence?
In the meantime
The following day
Afterward
Later
Even though all the answers mean later, the best answer shows the exact time
7.
In your narrative, you want to show that the next event in your story will take place at dinner.
What transitional word or phrase should be used to show this sequence?
Suddenly
Almost as quickly
Right away
During
This transition word refers to something currently happening
8.
In your narrative, you want to show that the next event in your story will take place right away after another event occurs.
What transitional word or phrase should be used to show this sequence?
Later on
As soon as
For a long time
That evening
"As soon as" should be used to denote two events taking place one right after the other
9.
In your narrative, you want to show that the next event in your story will take place first followed by another event.
What transitional word or phrase should be used to show this sequence?
Before
In just
Meanwhile
Never
When one event happens prior to another, "before" should be used
10.
What transition word or phrase would fit appropriately in the blank?

Karen ran excitedly to the door ____ the bell rang for only two seconds.
after
at dusk
meanwhile
soon
"After" should fit into this blank because it shows the relationship of when these events took place
Author:  Amy Flanders

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