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Teaching Eight-Year-Olds to Sound Like Bankers
There's a handout where kids can check off that they have used these words (Tell students that linking/transition words can be used to tie all their paragraphs together.
This helps keep the flow for readers. Share with students that linking/transition words are a lot like using glue. Using linking/transition words to connect ideas is a Review Focus Skill. . . .
List of Linking/Transition Words
To Show Order
To Add Information:
To Indicate a Purpose or Reason
in hope that
in order to
with this in mind
all in all
as a result
to sum up
It is perverse to encourage eight-year-olds to write this way. I just turned in a 3,750 word essay for English Journal. I didn't use a single one of these words. I'm very serious about this comment: This is not how writers write. It may well be how bankers write, but I think it's worse than misguided to foist this on to third graders. Third graders have a wonderful sense of voice, and to deliberately set out to stifle this voice, to bury it in formalism, is worse than a mistake: it's a crime, definitely qualifying for Dante's eighth circle of hell--Fraud.
For those who can stand it, there's more at the Share My Lesson site. They promise a writing an informative/expository lesson for first grade, but I've discovered I'm not as strong as I thought: I just can't make myself go there.
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