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Narrative Writing

Transitional Words and Phrases With Onomatopoeia Words for Class 5 English

Onomatopoeia words are highly effective in narrative writing. It won't pull your reader out of the story because it's part of the overall flow of your descriptions. Transitional words and phrases link paragraphs and sentences, so there is no break between ideas. In this chapter, students will learn to use both together in narrative writing.

In this learning concept, students will learn:

  • Onomatopoeia meaning and examples.
  • Onomatopoeia words list with onomatopoeia sentences.
  • Transition words meaning with examples.
  • Use of transitional words and phrases in narrative writing.
  • How to use sound words with transitional phrases in a sentence.

Every concept for class 5 English students has been covered using examples, illustrations, and concept maps. Students can assess their related skills by solving the two printable onomatopoeia worksheets given at the end of the page.

Download these worksheets and check your answers with the worksheet solutions provided in PDF format.

What is Onomatopoeia?

  • Onomatopoeia is when a word is pronounced the way it sounds. They are mostly used in poetry and in stories because of their sound. It can evoke emotion that can help to make a poem or a story more interesting.
    Onomatopoeia words
  • These words appeal to the sense of hearing, and it is used to bring a poem or a story to lif

Types of Onomatopoeia

Many times, an onomatopoeic word is used based on the letter combinations within the word. These combinations come at the beginning, but a few come at the end also. Onomatopoeia can be grouped into several categories as shown below:

Examples of Onomatopoeia relating to the following components:

Water
Examples
Vocal
Examples
Collision
Examples
Animal
Examples
Air
Examples
splash ahem bang bark flutter
drip chatter clap buzz fwoosh
spray giggle clatter chirp swoosh
drizzle grunt crash hiss whoosh
dribble growl crunch howl whizz
babbling moan knock purr whip
  gulp slap tweet waft
  murmur smash meow gasp
  squeal thud neigh  

Examples of Onomatopoeia in English Literature

Let’s take a look at how this has been used in stories and poems.

  1. Let’s take a look at how this has been used in stories and poems.
    usage of Onomatopoeia words example

    I'm sure my poor head aches again
    I've scratched it so, and all in vain.
    Oh for a trap, a trap, a trap!
    “Just as he said this, what should hap
    At the chamber door but a gentle tap?
    Bless us, cried the Mayor, what’s that?
    (With the Corporation as he sate,
    Looking little though wondrous fat);
    Only a scraping of shoes on the mat?
    Anything like the sound of a rat
    Makes my heart go pit-a-pat!

  2. A text from ‘For Whom the Bell Tolls’ by Ernest Hemingway
    He saw nothing and heard nothing but he could feel his heart pounding and then he heard the clack of stone and the leaping, dropping clicks of a small rock falling.

What are Transition Words and Phrases?

  • Transitional words are frequently used to join the different information or parts of the story.
  • Depending on the reasoning of the sentences, transition words can indicate time, sequence, opposition, or agreement.
  • Transition words are linking words that create a natural thought flow. It enhances clarity.
  • For a smooth writing structure and to connect ideas between sentences and paragraphs, transition words are used.

What Transition Words to Use for Narrative Writing?

Below given common transition words used in story writing.

Examples
and before nevertheless accordingly
or otherwise unfortunately but
when however recently for
after therefore although for example
so consequently at last in conclusion

How to Use Onomatopoeia with Transition Phrases in a Sentence?

Let us see through a few examples of to use Onomatopoeia can be used with transition phrases in a sentence.
“She was late, consequently, she ran through the glass door- smash and hurt her nose”.

Example of  Onomatopoeia words with transitional words

“While I was singing in the back seat of our car. Immediately, I heard the honk of a truck beside our car.

Example of using sound words with transitional words and phrases

Common Mistakes

  1. Do not use too much of sound words in the dialogues of a story. Use it carefully for maximum effect.

    Example:

    Avoid overusing words:

    “My name’s Namita, although most people call me loudspeaker these days,” she grumbled.
    “Why?” I asked.
    “Because I love to gossip about people,” she giggled.
    “Well, I am a gossip monger,” she confessed.
    “Really?” he whined.
    “Yeah.” I roared.
    The above conversation is filled with onomatopoeia. We have grumbled, giggled, whined, and roared It seems way too much.

  2. Using transition words in the wrong context makes it look too formal or too casual for the communication.

    Example:

    I dressed, took my bag, and therefore, I’m ready for the party.
    The above usage of the transition word therefore makes it looks too formal.

Mind map for usage of transitional words with Onomatopoeia
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