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Activity 2: Skills and Best Practices

Cause and Effect

Given a set of data or other information, student must be able to establish a convincing relationship in writing of the cause and effect. For example: When writing your essay, keep the following suggestions in mind: To evaluate the effectiveness of a cause and effect essay, ask the following questions: What are the causes? What are the effects? Which should be emphasized? Are there single or multiple causes? Single or multiple effects? Is a chain reaction involved?

This site,, reminds us that simply seeing cause and effect is not sufficient and suggests the following steps when writing a cause and effect essay:


The teaching process is never complete until students can see the relevancy of what they are learning. Students learn new information by connecting it to prior knowledge, extending and refining their understanding of this new information, and then applying the information to a new setting.

Tips from Teaching Today,, suggest some ideas for: