MODULE NINE

The Cause/Effect Paragraph

Module Nine Objectives

The purpose of this module is to teach you the correct way to write a Cause/Effect Paragraph. You will learn how to give reasons for events/identify and discuss the results of a cause or effect: then, using the criteria listed below, you will write a Cause/Effect Paragraph (Writing Assignment #5) that demonstrates the criteria for this assignment.

Topic: Choose a topic from page 149 in Evergreen.

The Cause/Effect Paragraph should contain the following criteria:

  1. a topic sentence that clearly tells the reader what subject you are going to discuss and whether a cause (pages 141-143) or effect (pages 143-144) paragraph will follow
  2. at least seven supporting statements that clearly explain the causes or effects of the subject you are discussing
  3. unified sentences in that they all support the topic sentence, discuss only the causes or effects of an event, and coherent in that they move smoothly from one idea to another through the use of transitions (page 145)
  4. contains no errors with fragments (pages 362-373), comma splices/run-ons (pages 358-362) subject/verb agreement (pages 374-384), pronouns (pages 413-426), past tense (pages 385-393), adjective/adverbs (pages 435-483), uses no slang, idioms, or clichés (pages 321-323), or spelling, punctuation, or usage errors
  5. at least two compound and two complex sentences, underlined and labeled (Refer to the chart on page 353)
  6. Underline and label at least two varied ways to begin a sentence (pages 283-311)
  7. Submit your paper in the required manuscript form