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Introduction to Cause/Effect Essays
« on: April 20, 2010, 02:23:26 PM »
A great idea to introduce cause/effect essays is to use Goldberg machines. You can find many of them online, including on Rube Goldberg's website ( and you can also find some videos of the machines. Choose one to show your students and ask them to, in pairs or groups of 3, describe how each action is affecting the next. Then ask students what vocabulary words they can use to show cause/effect relationship. Write their ideas on the board. Finally, tell students to find another Goldberg machine online (not the one you used in class) and write a paragraph describing what is happening. Don't forget to tell them to use the cause/effect vocabulary they were exposed to earlier in the lesson.
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Re: Introduction to Cause/Effect Essays
« Reply #1 on: June 06, 2010, 11:50:11 PM »
I just want to remind you this thing: Do not forget that using transitions enables the piece of writing to be coherent. It is easier for the reader to follow our ideas when transitions are used to link them together. Cause and effect essays are concerned with why things happen (causes) and what happens as a result (effects). Cause and effect is a common method of organizing and discussing ideas.
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