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Using Connectives

In this worksheet, students revise how to use connectives to structure their written work.

'Using Connectives' worksheet

Key stage:  KS 4

Curriculum topic:  Writing

Curriculum subtopic:  Use Accurate Grammar, Punctuation and Spelling

Difficulty level:  

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Worksheet Overview

QUESTION 1 of 10

In this worksheet you will revise how to use connectives to structure your written work.

 

What are connectives?

Words that connect together to form longer words

Words and phrases that connect words of similar meaning together

Words and phrases that link together clauses, sentences or paragraphs

Where can you use connectives in your writing?

 

Select three correct answers from the list below:

At the start of a sentence

In the middle of a sentence to connect two ideas together

At the end of a sentence

At the start of a paragraph

At the end of a paragraph

In writing to argue, connectives are important to give order to your ideas.

 

Imagine you are writing an argument against students having to wear school uniform. Write sentences beginning with the following connectives:

 

  • Firstly
  • Secondly
  • Finally
  • In conclusion

 

In writing to argue or persuade you may also need to add information or build on your ideas. Which connectives would be suited to this?

 

Select six answers from the list below.

Therefore

In addition

Moreover

However

Furthermore

Also

Despite

Similarly

Additionally

Because

Connectives are also important in expressing cause and effect.

 

Match the following clauses and their connectives together. Hover your mouse over the boxes to see their contents in full.

Column A

Column B

As a result of the rain
therefore it is important they are encouraged to t...
Smoking is now illegal in public places
consequently parents must monitor their children's...
Teenagers are becoming increasingly obese
because it is bad for your health.
Playing violent computer games has been linked to ...
the cricket was cancelled.

Write your own sentences using the following connectives to link cause and effect.

 

  • Because
  • As a result
  • Therefore
  • Consequently

 

Remember that you can place the connective at the start or in the middle of a sentence.

 

Connectives are extremely important in introducing opposing or contrasting ideas or points of view.

 

Select five connectives from the following list that would be useful for this.

Firstly

In contrast

Finally

However

On the other hand

Although

In addition

Despite

Using the 'Back' button, look again at the sentence you wrote arguing to ban school uniform. Add some sentences to this with contrasting opinions using the following connectives:

 

  • In contrast
  • However
  • Although
  • On the other hand
  • Despite

 

Show your answers to your parent or guardian.

Write a short letter to a magazine arguing your opinion on an issue you feel strongly about. Try to include the following connectives in your writing:

 

  • Firstly
  • Secondly
  • In addition
  • However
  • Therefore
  • On the other hand
  • Nevertheless
  • Although
  • Finally

 

  • Question 1

What are connectives?

CORRECT ANSWER
EDDIE SAYS
Award one mark for a correct answer.
  • Question 2

Where can you use connectives in your writing?

 

Select three correct answers from the list below:

CORRECT ANSWER
EDDIE SAYS
Award one mark for each correct answer.
  • Question 3

In writing to argue, connectives are important to give order to your ideas.

 

Imagine you are writing an argument against students having to wear school uniform. Write sentences beginning with the following connectives:

 

  • Firstly
  • Secondly
  • Finally
  • In conclusion

 

CORRECT ANSWER
EDDIE SAYS
Check that the student has written 4 sentences beginning with:

Firstly

Secondly

Finally

In conclusion

You should award a maximum of four marks for this section.

  • Question 4

In writing to argue or persuade you may also need to add information or build on your ideas. Which connectives would be suited to this?

 

Select six answers from the list below.

CORRECT ANSWER
EDDIE SAYS
The correct answers are:

In addition

Moreover

Furthermore

Also

Similarly

Additionally

You should award one mark for each correct answer.

  • Question 5

Connectives are also important in expressing cause and effect.

 

Match the following clauses and their connectives together. Hover your mouse over the boxes to see their contents in full.

CORRECT ANSWER
EDDIE SAYS
Award one mark for each of these correct answers:

As a result of the rain the cricket was cancelled.

Smoking is now illegal in public places because it is bad for your health.

Teenagers are becoming increasingly obese therefore it is important they are encouraged to take up sport.

Playing violent computer games has been liked to violent behaviour consequently parents must monitor their children's game playing habits.

  • Question 6

Write your own sentences using the following connectives to link cause and effect.

 

  • Because
  • As a result
  • Therefore
  • Consequently

 

Remember that you can place the connective at the start or in the middle of a sentence.

 

CORRECT ANSWER
EDDIE SAYS
Check that the students have written sentences including the connectives:

Because

As a result

Therefore

Consequently

These connectives can appear at the start or in the middle of a sentence and should connect cause and effect.

You should award one mark for each example, up to a maximum of four marks.

  • Question 7

Connectives are extremely important in introducing opposing or contrasting ideas or points of view.

 

Select five connectives from the following list that would be useful for this.

CORRECT ANSWER
EDDIE SAYS
The correct answers are:

In contrast

However

On the other hand

Although

Despite

Award one mark for each correct answer.

  • Question 8

Using the 'Back' button, look again at the sentence you wrote arguing to ban school uniform. Add some sentences to this with contrasting opinions using the following connectives:

 

  • In contrast
  • However
  • Although
  • On the other hand
  • Despite

 

Show your answers to your parent or guardian.

CORRECT ANSWER
EDDIE SAYS
Check that the student has written sentences using the following connectives:

In contrast

However

Although

On the other hand

Despite

Award one mark for each, up to a maximum of five marks.

  • Question 9

Write a short letter to a magazine arguing your opinion on an issue you feel strongly about. Try to include the following connectives in your writing:

 

  • Firstly
  • Secondly
  • In addition
  • However
  • Therefore
  • On the other hand
  • Nevertheless
  • Although
  • Finally

 

CORRECT ANSWER
EDDIE SAYS
Check that the student has written a letter including the following connectives:

Firstly

Secondly

In addition

However

Therefore

On the other hand

Nevertheless

Although

Finally

Award one mark for each connective correctly used, up to a maximum of nine marks.

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