Editing Cause-Effect Essays
Revising makes big improvements to your writing while editing focuses on little (but important) corrections. You'll look for problems with sentences, punctuation, capitalization, grammar, usage, and spelling. The following activities will help you edit your cause-effect essay.
Editing for Commas with Intro Words
When a sentence starts with four or more introductory words, insert a comma after them, before the main part of the sentence.
Responding to a national initiative, our school changed its lunch program.
Even though Sam prefers white bread, he is giving wheat bread a chance.
Insert commas after introductory words.
Editing for the Right Word
“Affect” and “effect” sound the same but have different meanings and spellings.
- Affect is a verb that means “influence.”
- Effect is most often used as a noun to mean “result.” Effect can also be used as a verb to mean “bring about” or “accomplish.”
Weather (“influences”) clothing choices.
Weather has a strange (“result”) on my mood.
Sunny weather has positive (“results”).
Jill hopes to (“bring about”) change with her persuasive speech.