Transitions Help to follow the reader’s thought process… never assume the reader knows why the quote was added Agreement and Addition The transition words like also, in addition, and, likewise, add information, reinforce ideas, and express agreement with preceding material. These Transitions Can Also Be Used: not to mention to say nothing of equally important moreover as well as together with comparatively similarly Opposition / Limitation / Contradiction Transition phrases like but, rather and or, express that there is evidence to the contrary or point out alternatives, and thus introduce a change the line of reasoning (contrast). Additional Contrasting Transitions: regardless instead even though in contrast however on the other hand despite on the contrary conversely at the same time Otherwise in spite of however although Cause / Condition / Purpose These transitional phrases present specific conditions or intentions. Examples of Transitional Phrases in the event that granted (that) as / so long as on (the) condition (that) for the purpose of with this intention with this in mind in the hope that to the end that for fear that Examples / Support / Emphasis in other words as an illustration in this case for this reason to put it another way that is to say to clarify to explain Additional Support Transitional Phrases to put it another way that is to say with attention to important to realize another key point first thing to remember most compelling evidence must be remembered to point out with this in mind Conclusion / Summary / Restatement These transition words and phrases conclude, summarize and / or restate ideas, or indicate a final general statement. Conclusion transition examples to summarize altogether overall as can be seen generally speaking in the final analysis all things considered as shown above given these points as has been noted for the most part Sample literary response transitioning into quotes: Chapter 4 in Wiesel’s Night presents an ominous mood. The reader is experiencing fear first hand. When the author says, “Hundreds of eyes were watching [the prisoner’s] every move. Hundreds of men were crawling with him, scraping their bodies with his on the stone….He was the one who dared.” (59) This prisoner had dared to steal an additional ration of soup from the cauldron when the SS officer left his post. He dared to defy his fear because he was just that hungry. This scene is ominous (dark, scary) for the reader because we know that he will be killed if he is caught.