Connecting Word Matching Exercise: Coordinating Conjunctions, Subordinating Conjunctions, and Transitions

To get students to think about the logical relationships of connecting words, print out these cards and paste them onto index cards cut in half. In class, pass the cards out, then have students look for pairs. Students then read out pairs they have and discuss logical relationships to see if the combinations they have formed make sense. It helps to have a chart listing connecting words and their logical relationships to refer to during the discussion.

I love rock and roll, for

the rhythms move me.

I’m going to Great America after

I have finished my homework.

I love rock and roll, and

I love modern rock.

I’m going to Great America although

I haven’t finished my homework.

I don’t love rock and roll, nor

do I like modern rock.

I’m going to Great America as long as

I don’t have too much homework.

I love rock and roll, but

I don’t like Elvis.

I’m going to Great America because

the teacher didn’t assign homework.

Either I love rock and roll,

or I love the counter culture it represents.

I’m going to Great America now in case

I don’t have time once the semester starts.

I love rock and roll, yet

I have never bought any albums.

I’m going to Great America so that

I can forget about my homework.

I love rock and roll, so

I have bought a lot of albums

I’m going to Great America where

I plan to finish my homework waiting in lines.

Some students don’t like writing essays; however,

they can enjoy writing them if they realize they can be creative.

Some students don’t like writing essays; moreover,

they don’t like studying grammar.

Some students don’t like writing essays; nevertheless,

they have to write them to succeed in college.

Some students don’t like writing essays; consequently,

they sometimes wait until the last minute to write them.

Some students don’t like writing essays; on the other hand,

they like expressing themselves creatively in writing.

Some students don’t like writing essays; similarly,

some students don’t like math.

Some students don’t like writing essays; in contrast,

other students find writing essays very fulfilling.

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