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preethitnaray... | Student, Grade 9 | eNotes Newbie

Posted May 26, 2012 at 8:44 PM via web

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Im writing a autobiography and i needed help on good transactions. For example- 

I have to write about my favorite hobby and then write about my family. How do i make a good transaction between these two paragraphs?

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Lorraine Caplan | College Teacher | (Level 2) Senior Educator

Posted May 26, 2012 at 9:32 PM (Answer #2)

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What you mean here is "transition," which is a smooth way of moving from one topic to the next.  One good way to do a smooth transition is to create a sentence at the end of a paragraph on one topic that includes a mention of that topic and the topic you will be writing about in the next paragraph.  So, for example, if you have a paragraph about apples followed by a paragraph about oranges, you might say something like "Not only apples are good for you because oranges have a great deal to offer, too."  This gives the reader a little "bridge" to go from one topic to the next.

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mwalter822 | Teacher | (Level 2) Educator

Posted May 26, 2012 at 10:07 PM (Answer #3)

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Anything that thematically links one paragraph to the next will create a nice transition. You can do it with specific words, like post #2 suggested, or with ideas.

The next paragraph describes how I could combine the technique above with the technique from post #2.

One of my hobbies as a younger person was collecting baseball cards. I could write about that in one paragraph, and then start the next paragraph with something like: Although my card collection was important to me, my family, itself a collection of diverse people, was even more meaningful.

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catd1115 | Middle School Teacher | (Level 3) Assistant Educator

Posted May 26, 2012 at 11:45 PM (Answer #4)

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A smooth transition between the two topics you mentioned would depend on what you are writing about.

There are likely two scenarios:

1)that your hobby is something that you enjoy with someone in your family or learned from someone in your family

2) that your hobby is something you enjoy entirely apart from time with your family, it is personal time

Either way you use that as your transition. You talk about your hobby and if the situation is number one, you mention the connection to your family or a family member in the last sentence of that paragraph. If the situation is number two, you mention in the last paragraph that it is something that you enjoy for yourself , separate from the time with your family. Then start the next paragraph talking about what you do during your time with your family.

Best of luck.

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wannam | High School Teacher | (Level 3) Educator

Posted May 28, 2012 at 6:38 PM (Answer #5)

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In order to write a transition, you will need to find anything that the two topics have in common.  That might be something like post #3 suggests where you connect the physical attributes of your family unit with some physical aspect of your hobby.  It might also be that you connect your hobby with it's origin in your family.  For instance, my hobby has often been writing poetry.  My father sparked my interest in this area.  I could transition from a discussion about writing poetry to the time my father spent writing with me and then into a discussion of the rest of my family.  How you transition will depend on your hobby and how long your paper is supposed to be.  If you are stuck, try to brainstorm some things that your family and your hobby have in common.  Then, pick one of those things and try to put it into a sentence.

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litteacher8 | Middle School Teacher | (Level 1) Distinguished Educator

Posted May 31, 2012 at 9:02 PM (Answer #6)

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In autobiographies, I often find time order words make good transitions.  For example, you can say “when I was five I started playing the piano” and so on.  It can get tedious after a while, so you have to mix it up with different adverbs such as meanwhile, fortunately, unfortunately, unexpectedly, sadly and so on.

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