A bolt of lightning striking a city.
Lightning can cause lots of damage.

Grade 5 Writing - Linking Ideas

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Ideas and categories of information should be linked together, otherwise, an essay will sound choppy. Some words you can use to link ideas include 'in contrast, especially, besides, because, therefore, for instance' and 'nearby'. Transition words often refer to opposition, location or cause/effect. In this quiz, the students will choose the correct transition word to join the two sentences or clauses together.

1.
Which transition word or phrase best fits into the blank below?
The lion was ______________ and able to pounce on its prey.
nearby
especially
for instance
besides
This is showing a location.
2.
Which transition word or phrase best fits into the blank below?
All the lights were kept on in the house every day. _____________________, the electric bill was very high.
For instance
Especially
In contrast
Therefore
The second sentence is a result of the first sentence.
3.
Which transition word or phrase best fits into the blank below?
My sister loves to eat at fast food restaurants. ____________________, she goes to McDonalds every day.
Besides
In contrast
Therefore
For instance
The second sentence is an example of the first sentence.
4.
Which transition word or phrase best fits into the blank below?
___________________ putting a deck, we have also built a workshop in our backyard.
For instance
Besides
Therefore
In contrast
A transition word should be used to mean additional.
5.
Which transition word or phrase best fits into the blank below?
A tiger is more likely to wait for its prey __________________________ it can camouflage itself against the environment.
in contrast
because
therefore
nearby
This is showing cause and effect.
6.
Which transition word or phrase best fits into the blank below?
Storms can cause lots of damage, _________________________ lightning.
because
besides
especially
nearby
This is showing an example or emphasis.
7.
Which transition word or phrase best fits into the blank below?
The man was tired of all of the noises, _______________________ the birds chirping.
therefore
especially
because
besides
This sentence needs a transition word that is for an example.
8.
Which transition word or phrase best fits into the blank below?
Bats sleep during the day. ___________________, gorillas sleep at night.
Besides
For instance
In contrast
Especially
These are opposite statements.
9.
Which transition word or phrase best fits into the blank below?
Once the horse started to gallop ___________________, the dogs began to run away.
nearby
besides
because
especially
This shows a location.
10.
Which transition word or phrase best fits into the blank below?
_____________________ the car broke down, my mom had to take the bus.
Nearby
Therefore
Because
In contrast
The transition word should be for a cause/effect situation.
Author:  Amy Flanders

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