Writing Cause and Effect Essays

We recently discussed the difference between affect and effect, which puts us in the perfect position to really put that new-found knowledge into practice. Today, students will be writing their own cause-effect essays. This information writing experience will help refresh them of the skills essential to performing their best on the statewide assessment in October. Additionally, students typically engage in narrative writing which means an opportunity to practice expository writing for an authentic purpose is a great opportunity!

Below are copies of the some of the resources students used today in class:

Signal Words

Cause                              Effect

Because                        As a result
The reason for          Outcome
On account of           Finally
Bring about               Consequently
Give rise to                Therefore
Created by                 For this reason
Contributed by        Hence
Led to                          Effect
Due to                          Then
Since                            So


____ Do I include an introduction that clearly states the cause and effect relationships?

____ Do I use important details and examples to explain at least one effect?

____ Do I use language effectively to help the reader understand the cause and effect relationships?

____ Do I use a logical order to move from one idea to the next?

____ Do I include a conclusion that helps the reader understand the cause and effect relationships?

____ Do I spell, punctuate, and capitalize my writing to help readers understand?


• Content and Ideas
• Organization
• Style
• Conventions

Sample Cause and Effect Essays

The Effects of Being an Athlete

The Causes of Anorexia

Writing Invitations (Prompts)

• What are the effects of television on study habits?

• What are the physical effects of anger?

• What are the typical causes of poor behavior in the classroom?

• What are the possible causes for a student being featured in a local newspaper?

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  1. Mr. Cornwell 09/24/2009 at 1:04 pm | | Reply

    We have been talking about cause and effect relationships in science since the first day of school in my class. A hypothesis is simply an educated guess as to what effect you will get (results) from the cause (experiment).

  2. trevor d. 09/28/2009 at 8:18 am | | Reply

    I thought that the survey will let the teacher know more about me

  3. Nick M 09/28/2009 at 8:19 am | | Reply

    I am going to do my best on this part of the meap this year but usually I never quite understand it. I’ll be like huh?

  4. Aaron R 09/28/2009 at 8:25 am | | Reply

    i think i get this but i am not really sure i kinda liked it because i get it

  5. Patrick 09/28/2009 at 12:14 pm | | Reply

    There may be fights or disagreements

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