Essay 3: Writing to Show Cause and Effect
Write an academic essay where you show a clear relationship between cause and effect, with a topic chosen from your major field of study, your work life, or your personal life. Here are some examples of topics from your textbook and from successful student papers:
Causes of symptoms or conditions (medicine and health—autism, ADHD, cancer, sports injuries)
Causes of student success or failure, effects of teaching methods or tools (online learning, adult learners, returning students, homeschooling)
Causes of business growth and failure, marketing, business trends
Causes and effects of climate change, ecological change, scientific phenomena
(adapted from Russell 196)
You may have other ideas and are not sure how to use them in a cause and effect essay.
Feel free to ask about getting ideas to help shape your topic into a Cause and Effect framework.
You will write your essay in the third person.
Use the APUS Online Library article databases OR Google Scholar, no open web sources.
You need a minimum of three sources for your essay.
Integrate the sources using MLA format.
All essays should be 750-1000 words, in MLA format.
Remember to include your checklist.
Essay 3: Cause & Effect – Writer’s Checklist
All questions should be answered in complete sentences and should be submitted to the text box. Do not submit your essay in the text box. Attach only the essay to the assignment; do not include the Writer’s Checklist Questions with your essay submission! WARNING: you may NOT use this paper for any other class.
What is the cause or effect you are analyzing in your thesis?
How have you explained the cause-and-effect relationship?
How did I organize my causes and/or effects so that they would follow a logical structure?
How did I conclude my essay so that it would end effectively?
Identify one change you have made as a result of proofreading your essay