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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:  

Worksheet Overview

QUESTION 1 of 10

In this activity you will learn how to use connectives to structure your written work.

In the exam you may be asked to write to argue or persuade. You will need to add information or build on your ideas.

 

Which connectives would be best suited to this? 

 

Select six answers from the list below.

in addition

additionally

similarly

despite

also

furthermore

however

moreover

therefore

because

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

 

Imagine you are writing an argument for encouraging people to cycle more. Write sentences beginning with the following connectives:

 

Firstly

Secondly

Finally

In conclusion

Where can you use connectives in your writing?

 

Select three correct answers from the list below. 

At the end of a paragraph

At the end of a sentence

At the start of a paragraph

At the start of a sentence

In the middle of a sentence

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

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

because

as a result

therefore

consequently

 

For example:

 

I can't go to school today because I have a cold.

 

Because I have a cold, I can't go to school today.

 

 

Remember that you can place the above connectives 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.

despite

in addition

although

on the other hand

however

finally

in contrast

firstly

Using the "Previous" button, look again at the sentences you wrote arguing that we should cycle more.

Add some sentences to these below with contrasting opinions using the following connectives:

 

in contrast

however

although

on the other hand

despite

Write a short letter to your headteacher 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

Connectives are also important in expressing cause and effect.

 

Match the following clauses and their connectives together.

Column A

Column B

As a result of the rain
therefore it is important that they are encouraged...
Smoking is now illegal in public places
because it is bad for your health.
Teenagers are becoming increasingly obese
the cricket was cancelled.
Playing violent computer games has been linked to ...
consequently parents must monitor their children's...

Can you arrange the sentences below in the correct order, by looking at the connectives at the beginning of each sentence?

Column A

Column B

1
Firstly, pour the water in the kettle.
2
Next, pour the hot water into the mug with a tea b...
3
After this, stir until you have the desired streng...
4
Finally, add milk or sugar to taste, and enjoy.
5
Secondly, wait for it to boil.
  • Question 1

In the exam you may be asked to write to argue or persuade. You will need to add information or build on your ideas.

 

Which connectives would be best suited to this? 

 

Select six answers from the list below.

CORRECT ANSWER
in addition
additionally
similarly
also
furthermore
moreover
EDDIE SAYS
When writing to argue or persuade, it is best to use connectives which lead on to your next point or provide supporting evidence. This usually means that the connectives are cooperative (i.e. leading to more information on a similar theme) rather than combative (i.e. leading to an opposing or opposite point).
  • Question 2

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

 

Imagine you are writing an argument for encouraging people to cycle more. Write sentences beginning with the following connectives:

 

Firstly

Secondly

Finally

In conclusion

CORRECT ANSWER
EDDIE SAYS
Model response:

Firstly, cycling is great for your health, so make sure you get out and get fit.
Secondly, the beautiful countryside is waiting for you to explore it. Cycling along quiet country lanes and getting in touch with nature is so peaceful and relaxing.
Finally, it's a great thing to do for the whole family, and best of all, it's free!
In conclusion, cycling will benefit your physical health, mental health and won't hurt your bank balance!
  • Question 3

Where can you use connectives in your writing?

 

Select three correct answers from the list below. 

CORRECT ANSWER
At the start of a paragraph
At the start of a sentence
In the middle of a sentence
EDDIE SAYS
Connectives are used to join or link ideas so work ideally in the middle of a sentence. They can also be used to start a new sentence or paragraph which follows on from the previous.
  • Question 4

What are connectives?

CORRECT ANSWER
Words and phrases that link together clauses, sentences or paragraphs
EDDIE SAYS
The clue is in the word - connectives connect things!
Connectives are words or phrases that create links between ideas.
They can be conjunctions, adverbs or prepositions.
They can be coordinating (linking words, phrases or clauses of equal importance) or subordinating (linking a main idea with a subordinate or dependent clause).
If you notice a connection being made, look for the connective that has helped to make it.
  • Question 5

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

because

as a result

therefore

consequently

 

For example:

 

I can't go to school today because I have a cold.

 

Because I have a cold, I can't go to school today.

 

 

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

CORRECT ANSWER
EDDIE SAYS
Model response:

I was late to school today because the bus broke down.
I was unable to concentrate as a result of going to bed too late.
My brother cooked dinner last night therefore it is my turn tonight.
It is pouring with rain today; consequently, football has been cancelled.
  • Question 6

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
despite
although
on the other hand
however
in contrast
EDDIE SAYS
When introducing, opposing or contrasting ideas, it is important to choose connectives that link well with presenting an alternative idea. These are words that imply a contrast coming next, rather than implying a continuation on the same theme.
  • Question 7

Using the "Previous" button, look again at the sentences you wrote arguing that we should cycle more.

Add some sentences to these below with contrasting opinions using the following connectives:

 

in contrast

however

although

on the other hand

despite

CORRECT ANSWER
EDDIE SAYS
  • In contrast, you could injure yourself if you don't wear a helmet.
  • However, cycling in the city could be dangerous if there are a lot of cars.
  • Although if you have young children, you may need to ride more slowly.
  • On the other hand, there are other ways of keeping fit that don't cost a lot of money.
  • Despite the fact that it is low cost to cycle, it can be high cost to get all of the equipment you need.
    • Question 8

    Write a short letter to your headteacher 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
    Model response:

  • Firstly, we work very hard at school and can find it quite stressful.
  • Secondly, there has been evidence to suggest that children are only able to concentrate for a maximum of 45 minutes at a time.
  • In addition, we need to make the most of our break times in order to ensure we are properly prepared for our lessons.
  • However, it is important that we do not take our education for granted.
  • Therefore, we suggest that lessons last for no more than 45 minutes, to make sure students benefit from being more focussed.
  • On the other hand, this would mean rearranging the school day to incorporate six lessons rather than five.
  • Nevertheless, we feel it would be worth it to ensure the school day is more productive.
  • Although you may concerned about the cost implications, the exam results are likely to improve, bringing more students, and more money, to the school.
  • Finally, we believe you are a head teacher who cares about her students and wants what is best for them.
    • Question 9

    Connectives are also important in expressing cause and effect.

     

    Match the following clauses and their connectives together.

    CORRECT ANSWER

    Column A

    Column B

    As a result of the rain
    the cricket was cancelled.
    Smoking is now illegal in public ...
    because it is bad for your health...
    Teenagers are becoming increasing...
    therefore it is important that th...
    Playing violent computer games ha...
    consequently parents must monitor...
    EDDIE SAYS
    To match these clauses together, you can start by looking for ideas which "connect" in both halves of the sentences, such as smoking and health.
    You can also consider if the connective used implies a continuing or contrasting idea, such as "because".
    Using these tips, you should be able to see how the full sentence comes together and uses a connective to make a link.
    • Question 10

    Can you arrange the sentences below in the correct order, by looking at the connectives at the beginning of each sentence?

    CORRECT ANSWER

    Column A

    Column B

    1
    Firstly, pour the water in the ke...
    2
    Secondly, wait for it to boil.
    3
    Next, pour the hot water into the...
    4
    After this, stir until you have t...
    5
    Finally, add milk or sugar to tas...
    EDDIE SAYS
    Connectives like 'firstly' and 'secondly' make it easier to organise the writing. For connectives such as 'next' or 'after this', you need to read the context of the sentence to figure out the order.
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