How to Write a Cause-Effect Essay What is a Cause-Effect Essay?
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What is a Cause-Effect Essay? We all understand cause-effect relationships; for example, lightning can cause a fire. If a student doesn’t study for a test, he/she may not perform well. A cause effect essay tells how one event (the cause) leads to another event (the effect) What is a Cause-Effect Essay? In five-paragraph essays, we usually focus on the causes or the effects. It’s not so much a cause and effect essay as a cause or effect essay. A thesis statement in the introduction will tell if the essay is about causes or effects. A cause-effect essay can do one of two things: It can analyze the ways in which one or more effects can result from a particular cause (“Focus on Effects” method) Or it can analyze the ways in which one or more causes lead to a particular effect (“Focus on Causes” method) Are there kinds of causes? There are different types of causes. What we first see are often the superficial, . contributing reasons Hiding just out of sight are the fundamental causes. The single and most important cause is the . primary cause For example: Pollution is caused by transportation, manufacturing, and humans. Can we write on effects? Of course, not every cause-effect essay is about the causes. In fact, some may center on the effects of a single cause. Example Topic: What are the effects of air pollution? Example Thesis: Air pollution negatively affects plants, animals, and humans. What makes a great topic? When selecting topics for this type of essay, a good writer should consider questions such as: What is the end effect? Is there one primary effect, or are there several effects? Is there one primary cause, or are there several causes? What should be avoided? Don’t lose focus by covering too many parts of an issue. You can’t cover all of the effects of air pollution: just pick three important ones to write about. For example, use air pollution’s effect on plants, animals, and humans. Is there also noise pollution? What is in the introduction? The introductory paragraph includes: Lead (hook, attention grabber) General background information on the topic. A thesis statement The Body Each cause or effect gets its own body paragraph First sentence is a topic sentence that states what the cause or effect is Give supporting details/facts to support your claim Uses transition words to analyze the process rather than describe it. Remember, we’re telling WHY. The Conclusion
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