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Using Transitions to Connect Claims (Grades 11-12)

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Using Transitions to Connect Claims

1. 
Occasional drug use during the teenage years causes problems in the adult years. Many adults who responded that they used drugs occasionally as teenagers also noted a lapse in short-term memory.                    , the same adults noted that the lapse in short-term memory did not start during their teen years.

Which transition best connects the two pieces of supporting evidence?
  1. However
  2. As a result
  3. For instance
  4. As a matter of fact
2. 
Despite their claims, many vegans find it difficult to add enough protein to their diet.                , compare the amount of protein in a serving of meat to the amount of protein found in a serving of nuts. While the nuts offer a substantial amount of protein, it would take multiple servings to match the amount of proteins in the meat.

Which transition best connects the evidence to the claim that supports it?
  1. However
  2. In addition
  3. For instance
  4. By comparison
3. 
Paper or plastic? It's a question frequently asked at grocery stores around the world. However, many cities have started to ban plastic shopping bags. While cheaper than paper bags, plastic bags pose a risk to animals in the ocean.                , these bags have been directly tied to an increase in the number of oceanic animals found on the endangered species list.

Which transition best connects the two pieces of supporting evidence?
  1. In fact
  2. Likewise
  3. Of course
  4. In addition
4. 
Teen pregnancy prevention programs have had a positive impact on teen pregnancy rates across the United States.                   that in 1990, one in every 100 teenage females experienced a teenage pregnancy. Since the increase of teen pregnancy prevention programs in the late 1990s, that number has dropped to one in every 300 teenage females.

Which transition best connects the evidence to the claim it supports?
  1. Furthermore
  2. Consider the fact
  3. On the other hand
  4. By the same token
5. 
Technology-based products top the list of most-wanted items on teens' wish lists this year.                  , the latest model smartphone was at the head of the list. It was followed by music players, laptop computers, tablets, and devices designed to be used with those products. What teens don't want? Clothes.

Which transition best connects the evidence to the claim it supports?
  1. Naturally
  2. As a result
  3. Nevertheless
  4. By the same token
6. 
Candidate B's plan to build a wall to keep out illegal immigrants lacks substance.                   that Candidate B has failed to submit both a design and a cost analysis plan for the wall. Candidate A, on the other hand, has offered up a 20-page document outlining both the cost and specific design features or the barrier he plans to construct along the border.

Which transition best connects the evidence to the claim it supports?
  1. Furthermore
  2. Nevertheless
  3. Consider the fact
  4. On the other hand
7. 
In many states, teens cannot get their learners' permit until they are at least 16 years of age. While this has been the law for decades, states should consider letting teens receive their permit earlier. Many teens get their first job at age 15 and need a reliable way to get to an from work.                  , in a survey of 15-year-olds who did not have a job, a lack of reliable transportation was their number one reason for not seeking employment.

Which transition best connects the two supporting claims?
  1. In fact
  2. However
  3. Additionally
  4. On the other hand
8. 
Teachers should limit the amount of homework students are assigned each night. Students must complete multiple homework assignments from multiple classes each night, which can result in hours of homework to complete.                , students have extracurricular activities and other obligations when the school day ends.

Which transition best connects the two pieces of supporting evidence?
  1. However
  2. Additionally
  3. Regardless
  4. Furthermore
9. 
Recently, a study discovered that the nation's healthy lunch initiative has not had a positive effect in schools.                , the study discovered that more students throw away uneaten fruits and opt to eat snacks brought from home.

Which transition word best connects the evidence with the analysis of the evidence?
  1. Additionally
  2. Nevertheless
  3. For example
  4. In one instance
10. 
A recent study produced groundbreaking results related to teens and social media use.                , teens spend less time using social media than previously thought.

Which transition word best connects the evidence with the analysis of the evidence?
  1. However
  2. Evidently
  3. As a result
  4. For instance
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