How to Write a Cause and Effect Essay

Cause and Effect Essay
A cause and effect essay is an essay type where you confront a concrete effect (result) with its possible causes (reasons), and vice versa, you may correlate a concrete event (which is a cause of something) with its potential effects (results). Thus, as you can guess, there are two main ways of writing a cause and effect essay: 

  1. Defining the potential effects of a particular event (phenomenon, problem, etc.). 
  2. Defining the possible causes of a particular event (phenomenon, problem, etc.). 

1. Defining the Potential Effects of a Particular Event (Phenomenon, Problem, etc.) for Writing a Cause and Effect Essay 

The Structure of a Cause and Effect Essay 
Suppose you have decided to define the potential effects of a particular event (phenomenon, problem, etc.). In this case you can see the structure of your cause and effect essay below: 
  1. An introduction paragraph. 
  2. Several supporting paragraphs.
2.1. A particular event (phenomenon, problem, etc.). 
2.2. The first effect of this event (phenomenon, problem, etc.). 
2.3. The second effect of this event (phenomenon, problem, etc.). 
2.4. The third effect of this event (phenomenon, problem, etc.)
. ……………………………………………………………………… 
(You may write as many effects of the event as you know). 
2.5. Proving the effects and event (phenomenon, problem, etc.) interrelationship. 
  3. A concluding paragraph. 

2. Defining the Possible Causes of a Particular Event (Phenomenon, Problem, etc.) for Writing a Cause and Effect Essay

The Structure of a Cause and Effect Essay 
Suppose you have decided to define the possible causes of a particular event (phenomenon, problem, etc.). In this case you can see the structure of your cause and effect essay below:
  1. An introduction paragraph. 
  2. Several supporting paragraphs. 
2.1. A particular event (phenomenon, problem, etc.). 
2.2. The first cause of this event (phenomenon, problem, etc.). 
2.3. The second cause of this event (phenomenon, problem, etc.). 
2.4. The third cause of this event (phenomenon, problem, etc.)
. ……………………………………………………………………… 
(You may write as many causes of the problem as you know). 
2.5. Proving the causes and event (phenomenon, problem, etc.) interrelationship. 
  3. A concluding paragraph. 

I. An Introduction Paragraph 

Suppose you have to write a cause and effect essay under the title “The Reasons of Committing a Suicide among the Teenagers'. You should include a hook in your introduction. E.g. ask your potential reader the question: “Do you know that suicides are the most frequent among young people?' 

II. Several Supporting Paragraphs 

  1. In the first body paragraph you may cite an instance of suicides among the teenagers in your town (region, country, etc.) during the last period of time. Mention about statistical data concerned with this problem. 
  2. Write about the first reason of teenagers’ suicides in the second body paragraph. As we know, one of the most popular reasons of suicides among young boys and girls is unhappy love. 
  3. In the third supporting paragraph you should mention about the second probable cause. Say that problems with health (such as obesity, cancer, etc.) are also very frequent reasons of laying hands on oneself. 
  4. Refer to the third possible reason of suicides among the teens in your fourth body paragraph. For example, you may say that bulling in schools may lead to such a terrible tragedy. In the next supporting paragraphs you may say about other popular reasons of teens’ suicides, such as problems with parents or teachers, getting into debts, etc. 
  5. Prove the causes and event interrelationship in the last body paragraph. You may show the cause and effect interrelationship in the last body paragraph, or you may explain it in the previous paragraphs. 

III. A Concluding Paragraph 

Summarize all the information. Give the ways of solving the problem of committing suicides among the teenagers.
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