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Cause and Effect Essay
Write a 500-750 word essay using cause and effect as a method of development.
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Determine exactly what point you are going to make and write it down in precise terms. Remember, you are going to be writing about the causes that lead up to a specific event or situation. Think about why you want to make this point. Develop a thesis statement. Then choose examples and details that count for something, those that move the reader toward some goal. Your details about the events that take place should ultimately lead up to the effect or the end result.
Purpose: to inform
Method of Development: cause and effect
Choose your own topic, but make sure that the topic allows you to be able to state the causes that effected the end situation or event. You can choose to talk about:
- the effect of being a workaholic
- the effect of cyberbullying
- cause and effect of choosing your major
You are welcome to choose a different topic. If you have something in mind but you are unsure if it will work as a cause and effect essay, please send me a message through the Messages link for assistance.
- Brainstorm for topics.
- Organize your ideas.
Writing a Cause/Effect EssayThe cause/effect essay tries to discover the connections between events, in terms of causes, results, or consequences. You may think about a causal relationship by considering some familiar word combinations: If . . . then; Because of . . . the result was; or the problem . . . could be solved by. However, you must not confuse coincidence or chronological sequence with evidence; this is called post hoc fallacy (believing that the action/event that follows is automatically caused by the first action/event). Also, you must look for causes or effects that go beyond the obvious; be careful not to oversimplify.While this essay is designated cause/effect, you may write a thesis and paper that focus only on one aspect; in other words, you may focus just on causes or simply on effects. You may also write a paper that incorporates both. In any case, be sure to supply a “so what” conclusion and to use appropriate transitions for each type of paper.Write about a topic within your knowledge base. Use the following kinds of transitions within paragraphs to help your reader understand your approach:
Cause Effect Because Accordingly Caused by As a result, resulted in Results from Consequently Since For this reason, So, so that Then, therefore, thus
Finally, logic is an important part of writing this essay. Your book goes into great detail about the kinds of logical mistakes writers make. Pay close attention to each one; then use careful brainstorming to avoid the problems that result from faulty logic.