Reading Skills Series

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Transitions and Organizational Patterns
Transitions and
Organizational Patterns
Learning Objective
To identify common patterns of organization and
recognize their corresponding transition words.
Transitions and
Organizational Patterns
Patterns of organization help you follow written ideas
more easily and, therefore, improve your
understanding of the text.
Transitions and
Organizational Patterns
Common Patterns of Organization
Time Order
Listing
Spatial (or Space) Order
Classification
Comparison
Contrast
Comparison and Contrast
Cause and Effect
Definition and Example
Generalization and Example
Transitions and
Organizational Patterns
Time Order is when ideas or events are presented in
the order they occur.
Some common transition words and phrases include
first, second, later, next, as soon as, after, finally,
meanwhile, last, during, when, by the time, until, and
step.
Example:
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