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Get your assignment in front of you, then follow the instructions below. Type your answers to each step in the box below it. When you have filled in all the boxes, click on the button at the bottom of the page and you will be well on your way with this project.

Step 1: Write down your topic in the box below. If you have thought of a thesis statement, write it down also. Then write down as many of this topic's causes and effects as you can think of. Try to work quickly and don't worry about writing in complete sentences.

Step 2: Look for a sequence, or chain of events, within your causes and effects. That is, A caused B, which in turn resulted in C; or A, B and C caused D, the effect of which was E. Write this sequence in the box below. This sequence could be a good way to organize your writing project, and your work here might serve as a rough outline.

Step 3: Choose one of the causal connections (A caused B) from your responses above and develop it in more detail in the box below. Take your time with this response and check carefully for any logical fallacies.

Cause and effect works hand in hand with other thinking and writing strategies. We often show causes and effects when we analyze, argue, identify, and list.
Are you curious about how other instructors design writing tasks that ask for cause and effect? CUNY Assignments gives some examples.

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