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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.

Insert a comma after four or more introductory words. Make a copy of this Google doc or download a Word template.

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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 affects (“influences”) clothing choices.
 

Weather has a strange effect (“result”) on my mood.
 

Sunny weather has positive effects (“results”).
 

Jill hopes to effect (“bring about”) change with her persuasive speech.

This lesson is a part of the Writing Cause-Effect Essays unit.

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