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Offline michelle

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Compare and contrast transitions
« on: November 11, 2006, 05:06:19 PM »
I was interested in the transition words.

So I looked for them in one of the links Grace posted, and found this.

 like, similar to, also, unlike, similarly, in the same way, likewise, again, compared to, in contrast, in like manner, contrasted with, on the contrary, however, although, yet, even though, still, but, nevertheless, conversely, at the same time, regardless, despite, while, on the one hand ? on the other hand.

For example, you might have a topic sentence like one of these:

Compared to Pepper's, Amante is quiet.
Like Amante, Pepper's offers fresh garlic as a topping.
Despite their different locations (downtown Chapel Hill and downtown Carrboro), Pepper's and Amante are both fairly easy to get to.

We could assign the students to write one sample sentence for each transition as homework.


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Offline azulazure

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Re: Compare and contrast transitions
« Reply #1 on: November 11, 2006, 05:13:46 PM »
I also found a website for different kinds of transition words, not only limited to compare and contrast essays.

For my own writing, I sort of feel that I always use the same transition words again and again. I agree that in compare and contrast essays, transition words are extremely important to present the things that you're comparing.

In teaching, I think teachers can ask students to read a text or some sentences and identify the transition words. Then, teachers can provide some transition words in a box and make some blanks in a text for students to fill in the appropriate transition words. Finally, teachers can also ask students to write a paragraph using at least 3 transition words they learned. It helps students to learn from recognition stage to production stage and also raises students' awareness of these small cues in composition.
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more compare and contrast expressions
« Reply #2 on: November 13, 2006, 05:07:40 AM »
Here are more transitional expressions for students.
I would also present a model essay first to show students how some of these expressions are used effectively.
One more thing: while there expressions are useful, the caution should be given for overusing them.   


To Compare:


similar to                                at the same rate

similarly                                 as

like, alike                               just as

likewise                                  in a like manner

correspondingly                   in the same way

resemble                                in resemblance to

to common            by the same token



To Contrast:


differ from                             however

nevertheless                           even so

dissimilarily                           different from

less than                                 more than

unlike                                      in contrast (to)               

in opposition (to)                  on the contrary

on the other hand                at a different rate

although                                  while

still                                         yet

otherwise                               by contrast


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