What's a good example of a cause and effect essay?What represents a solid example of a cause and effect essay?

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scarletpimpernel eNotes educator| Certified Educator

It sounds like you are looking for some specific essays for models of cause-and-effect mode; so I have listed some below.

"How Reading Changed My Life" by Anna Quindlen--This essay argues that the author's early love of reading resulted in not only her writing for a career but also the shaping of her values.

"Why McDonald's Fries Taste So Good" by Eric Schlosser--This is an excerpt from Schlosser's Fast Food Nation, but it stands alone as an essay quite effectively.

"Unnatural Killers" by John Grisham--In this "letter" to filmmaker Oliver Stone, John Grisham argues that two teenagers' watching Stone's movie Natural Born Killers caused them to go on a senseless murder spree. (Stone's response to Grisham is also interesting--my students really enjoy reading both works.)

Most readers such as Houghton Mifflin's Riverside Reader or Bedford's The Language of Composition contain several essays under the cause-and-effect category.  Hope that this helps!

Ashley Kannan eNotes educator| Certified Educator

In terms of relating to literature, a good example of a cause and effect writing sample would be to examine why a particular character does something or the motivations of a specific character in taking a specific action.  The actions of character can lend itself to a strong examination on the grounds of cause and effect.  When undertaking a cause/ effect essay, it is important to identify a particular end (effect) and the steps which led to this end (cause).  This woks well in the examination of specific characters' actions because the tracing of steps that led to one effect reveals a strong distillation of causes.

jdslinky eNotes educator| Certified Educator

A good example of a cause and effect essay is one where both examples are solid and easily understood. Abstract terms are often easilty misunderstood, so the terms should be concrete.

A good example might be the way a catalyst in a certain story causes effects, or how temperature changes cause effects in weather. Depending on your topic, I think it's possible to relate cause and effect to almost anything.

basketballallstar | Student

1.Decide whether to write about a cause or an effect or both. You can choose to discuss only the causes of an event or only the effects of an event. Alternately, you can discuss the causes AND effects of a certain event.


2.Make a list of causes or effects. Then narrow down that list to include only the most important causes or effects.

3.Explain each cause or effect in the paragraph in as much detail as possible. Likely you will need to offer a little cause to an effect paragraph, or a little effect to a cause paragraph just to give it context.

4.Use transitional words in your paragraph, such as: also, as a result, because, first and finally.

5.Include in your paragraph a clear topic sentence. This sentence should state the main idea of your paragraph. In other words, what point are you trying to make?

6.Arrange your points in chronological order. Space order shows how events moved through space, such as describing someone from head to toe. Time order shows how events move through time. Use transitional words like first, second, finally. Lastly, you can use order of importance, which shows events that are most important.

follow theses steps and your sure to get some great ideas and thoughts brewing in your head.