You might need to show or explain the order of activities for many different situations. Recipes, driving directions, experiments, dances, and craft projects are just some examples of things that usually have a specific sequence of steps. How do you show order of steps in your writing or speech? The answer…. transition words!
Here are a few of the most common transition words for order:
first, second, third, etc., first of all, next, then, after that, finally, now, soon, meanwhile, following this, at this point, afterward, subsequently, previously, before this, simultaneously, concurrently
Transition words are usually placed at the beginning of the sentence, followed by a comma. See if you can use some of the words listed above to answer these questions.
- Tell me how to make your favorite food
- Tell me how to do laundry
- How do you change a light bulb?
- How do you send an email?
- How do you get to work or school from your house?