Cause & Effect Essay (#4) Assignment Guidelines
Purpose of this Assignment: In composition, cause and effect is a method of essay development in which a writer analyzes the reasons forâ€”and/or the consequences ofâ€”an action, condition, event, or decision. In doing so, the writer determines how various phenomena are related. This may be done to inform and/or persuade the audience.
Essential Elements of a Cause & Effect Essay:
- Includes a strong, clear thesis statement that tells the reader right away what causes or effects (or both) you will be focusing on and why â€“ your main point.
- Is written formally rather than informally (no slang, no contractions, professional tone throughout, third-person point of view, no emotive punctuation, etc.).
- Uses either a Focus-on-Effects or a Focus-on-Causes organizational method.
- Uses either chronological order or reverse chronological order.
- Has solid introduction, body, and conclusion paragraphs that connect with the thesis and utilize topic sentences to guide the reader.
- Has strong supporting details that persuade your reader that the cause-effect relationship is valid, that a cause is plausible, or that an effect is likely.
- Purpose, tone, and audience are taken into consideration from beginning to end.
- Has appropriate cause-effect transitions and connectors when moving from one idea to another or from one point to another.
- Uses consistent third-person point of view throughout (no â€œI,â€ â€œwe,â€ or â€œyouâ€ should be used).
- Uses consistent verb tense throughout.
- Applies basic rules of grammar, spelling, usage, capitalization, and punctuation.
Cause & Effect Prompts:
- You are allowed to pick your own topic for this essay. Remember, pick a topic that you are interested in and one that you enjoy writing about. If you have difficulty selecting a suitable topic or you are unsure if the topic you have selected is suitable for this essay, please come talk to me in person or email me at email@example.com.
Writing Center Requirement:
Students are REQUIRED to schedule a consultation with UNAâ€™s Writing Center for each essay assignment (5 visits total). This includes the Cause & Effect Essay. You are required to visit the Writing Center once for this essay, but feel free to schedule as many meetings with them as youâ€™d like. The more you go, the more your essay will improve. All proofreading of essays should be referred to the Writing Center; I will not proofread, edit, or write comments on your papers before they are due. Do not email me a copy of your essay for revision.
- Learn more about the Writing Center and schedule an appointment here: https://www.una.edu/writingcenter/expectations-and-reminders/index.html
Specific Assignment Details:
- At least 3.5 pages in length, no more than 4.5 pages
- 12-point font
- Times New Roman font
- 1-inch margins
- You must use 2 credible outside sources and you must cite them according to the most current MLA style guide. You must correctly include in-text citations with the authorâ€™s last name and page number (Example: Harper 231) that correspond to your Works Cited Page.
- Include your last name and the page number at the top right-hand corner of each page
(Example: Jones 1)
- Include a header at the top-left corner of the first page, double-spaced, with: name of author (you), name of instructor (Ms. Fawcett), title and number of course (First-Year Composition I: EN-111-07), and the due date of the essay
- The essay is worth 100 points, plus 10 points for your Cause & Effect Peer Review (Wednesday, March 20th in class)