Steps To Write A Cause And Effect Essay

What is the cause-effect relationship?

A simple way to explain this question is when one event makes another event happen.


High school and college students are often asked to write a cause and effect essay and it is one of the more common types of essays.

You see this cause-effect relationship in your daily life. Look around and you will find several examples of how one event affects the occurrence of another.

Everything we do, everything we see is related to one another in some way.

·         How are oceans important in the water cycle?

·         How rain affects the crops and fertility of the soil?

·         How are crops important for a country?

·         What can be the possible consequences if there is not enough food in a country?

These examples might sound a little more scientific for daily life.

Let’s talk about simpler scenarios around us.

·         How candy makes a child happy?

·         How pets help you relieve stress and be happy?

·         Why is smoking dangerous for your health?

·         Brushing your teeth every day keeps your teeth healthy.




Steps for writing a cause and effect essay

Here are some basic steps you can follow to equip yourself with some amazing essay writing skills.

  1. Read your assignment carefully.

At a glance, you might find the question or assignment very simple. But understanding it is very important before you start writing.

What if you read the question wrong in a hurry and you end up with something completely opposite to the requirements? All your efforts will go right down the drain and you might be risking your grades.

That is the risk you don’t want to take. Take your time. Read the question carefully.

If there are any additional requirements, note them down. Check the deadline for your essay. Mark it on your calendar.

Check if you have to write your essay in a specific format. Is there anything else you need to consider before writing?

Once you have thoroughly analyzed the question of your assignment, you can now start with your essay.

  1. Choose a topic for your essay.

Sometimes your teacher might assign you a topic. If the topic the given, you don’t have to stress about choosing one for your essay. All you have to do is research and start writing.

Once you have entered high school, your spoon feeding days are over. Your teacher will simply assign you a task to write down a cause and effect essay. You will have to choose the topic yourself.

A topic makes or breaks your essay. If you have chosen a good topic, it will be very easy for you to write an effective essay.

But don’t stress over choosing a topic for your essay. Brainstorm different ideas in your mind. Note down the topics that sound interesting to you. It is always better to choose a topic of interest. When you are interested in writing something, you will write it in a better way.

Once you have written down different topic ideas, narrow them down. Conduct a little background check to see which topic you can present from your point of view. Also, check if you can meet all the requirements of your essay with that specific topic.

After you have analyzed different topics, choose one for your essay.

  1. Conduct a research on your topic.

You have to answer two questions in your cause and effect essay. How and Why?

To answer these questions, of course, you need some material. To acquire the material, you have to research your topic.

You can use the internet, read books related to your topic or review the previous researches on your topic. You can also look for some additional information that you can find in your library.

It is better to choose a topic that you can justify with logic and reasoning. When you have to explain something to your readers, it is easier to use factual information rather than discussing a social or moral topic.

In such topics, everyone has a different point of view. It is difficult to persuade someone without any convincing evidence. Therefore, go for a topic that has statistical findings or scientific reasoning. Keep this factor in your mind while doing your research.

  1. Create an outline of your essay.

Once you have gathered the information, create an outline of your essay.

Here is a pro tip. The more time you spend creating your essay outline, the less you will need in writing it.

The key factor to an effective essay is the right essay structure. Once you know how you are going to craft your essay, writing the content won’t be a problem for you. You will have to concentrate on the main points of your essay.

This step is just a guideline for your ease. You can write it down in any way you want. That can be just the main points of whole sentences, whatever helps you.

Usually, an essay outline follows a five paragraph outline.

  1. Introduction

  2. Body Paragraph 1

  3. Body Paragraph 2

  4. Body paragraph 3

  5. Conclusion

This is a standard format, but the number of body paragraphs may vary according to the essay.



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