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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 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 by spending tax payers' money on new cycle paths. 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 spend the tax payers' money on new cycle paths.

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
consequently parents must monitor their children's...
Smoking is now illegal in public places
because it is bad for your health.
Teenagers are becoming increasingly obese
therefore it is important that they are encouraged...
Playing violent computer games has been linked to ...
the cricket was cancelled.
  • 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 by spending tax payers' money on new cycle paths. Write sentences beginning with the following connectives:

 

Firstly

Secondly

Finally

In conclusion

CORRECT ANSWER
EDDIE SAYS
You should award a maximum of four marks for this section. Check that the student has written four sentences beginning with:
  • Firstly
  • Secondly
  • Finally
  • In conclusion
    • 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
    You should award one mark for each example, up to a maximum of four marks.
  • because
  • as a result
  • therefore
  • consequently
    • 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 spend the tax payers' money on new cycle paths.

    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
    Award one mark for each sentence using the following connectives, up to a maximum of five marks.
  • in contrast
  • however
  • although
  • on the other hand
  • despite
    • 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
    Award one mark for each connective used correctly, up to a maximum of nine marks.
  • firstly
  • secondly
  • in addition
  • however
  • therefore
  • on the other hand
  • nevertheless
  • although
  • finally
    • 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.
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