for Cause & Effect and Predictive Essays
Sometimes you want to figure out what made something happen.
- This could be in the past -- like the causes to a war, revolution or art movement.
- It could be something happening in the present that is hard to explain -- like environmental, economic or social changes.
- People even use Cause & Effect essays to predict what might happen in the future -- such as what is most likely to happen in terms of political, climate or population changes.
You would be right to think that a Cause & Effect essay is similar to a Persuasive essay because they both argue for your opinion or interpretation. What makes this essay different is the narrower focus on
looking into the causes (what made/makes something happen) and the effects (the thing that happens). Smart people use this strategy all the time in their work to forecast weather events, anticipate how citizens will cast their votes, or predict how a patient will respond to treatment.
Let's Get to It!
- Answer the following questions in short phrases (not full sentences).
- Do not use periods / full stops (.) You can see an example.
- Click the "Build a Thesis" button when you're finished.
- A window will pop open with your Built Thesis.
- Go back and adjust your answers to smooth out the thesis until it makes sense and expresses your beliefs. Clicking on the "Build a Thesis" button again will update your thesis to show your changes.
- Once you've got a thesis statement, use the Make an Online Outline button to generate the framework for your essay. (Would you like to see an example outline?)