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Writing a Cause-Effect Essay

You've selected a topic, done your research, and formed a focus. Now it's time to write your first draft. Relax. You have all the material you need. Now you just need to put it down in a first form. Your draft doesn't have to be perfect: That's what revising and editing are for.

Writing the Beginning Paragraph

Your beginning paragraph starts with a lead that gets your reader's attention, includes detail sentences that explain the cause-effect relationship, and ends with a focus statement that tells readers just what your essay will be about.

Write a lead.

Read each lead-writing strategy and example, and write your own leads related to your topic. Make a copy of this Google doc or download a Word template.

  1. Ask a question.

    What did you eat for lunch today?

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  2. Relate the topic to your own experience.

    Last year, school lunches changed in a big way.

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  3. Start with a thought-provoking fact or statement.

    School districts are taking a closer look at school lunches.

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Write your beginning paragraph.

Write your best lead sentence, add detail sentences, and provide your focus statement. Make a copy of this Google doc or download a Word template.

Lead Sentence

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Detail Sentences

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Focus Statement

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