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It is important to first find a topic that has a clear cause and effect relationship. As a writer, your primary task is to convince the reader that the cause leads to the effect. There are two main ways to explain cause and effect in an essay.

1         Focus on the cause.

This method focuses mainly on the causes of the problem. This essay raises the question: Why does something happen?

Oil prices are increasing: Cause - We use too much energy – For example: We make too many products; we drive too many cars; we use too much heat in winter; we use too many air conditioners in summer. Demand is high and the effect is rising prices.

2         Focus on the effect.

This method focuses mainly on the effects of the problem. This essay raises the question: What happens when ?

Oil supply decreases: Effects – Prices increase; production decreases; war to control supply starts; chaos threatens; work on alternative energy increases.

 

Essay Style - CAUSE-effect 

Introduction

Paragraph 1

Hook – to catch the readers attention  

Thesis statement / raise a question about CAUSE 

Body

Paragraph 2 

Topic sentence + effect 1  

Paragraph 3  

Topic sentence + effect 2 

Paragraph 4   

Topic sentence + effect 3 

Paragraph 5  etc. (if necessary)

Conclusion

Essay Style - EFFECT-cause

Introduction

Paragraph 1

Hook – to catch the readers attention 

Thesis statement / raise a question about EFFECT

Body

Paragraph 2

Topic sentence +cause 1

Paragraph 3

Topic sentence + cause 2

Paragraph 4

Topic sentence + cause 3

Paragraph 5 etc. (if necessary)

Conclusion

In the conclusion:

Restate the thesis / answer a question if raised. Some opinion is OK but not too much.

 
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