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Title: CAUSE & EFFECT WRITING
Author: Lin Roberts

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CAUSE & EFFECT
WRITING

Cause and Effect writing is based in a search for
answers, for truth. We see things happening in the
world and want to know why; cause and effect writing
attempts to explain this. Your goal is to convince your
readers that the causes or effects that you are
proposing are plausible.
Cause and Effect writing is a major component of
workplace writing. The ability to collect and analyze
data (statistics, evidence, event notes) to find possible
causes is necessary for individual learning and the
advancement of society.

CONVENTIONS OF CAUSE & EFFECT
WRITING
A clearly defined question
Researching of possible causes
Appeal to Logic
Counterargument

WHAT TO AVOID
Appeal to authorities
Appeal to fear
Appeal to pity
Begging the question
Equivocation
False-analogy
False cause
Either/or thinking
Hasty generalization
Personal attack
The domino theory
Special pleading

TASK
MOCK TRIAL: 4 TEAMS WILL WORK
ON 2 CASES TO PROVE OR DISPROVE
THAT THE PERSON ON TRIAL FOR
CRIMES COMMITTED IS OR ISN’T A
PRODUCT OF THEIR PAST.

TASK
DEFENSE TEAMS WILL ARGUE THAT
THE CRIMINAL IS A PRODUCT OF
HIS/HER PAST.
PROSECUTION TEAMS WILL ARGUE
THAT THE CRIMINAL IS AN
INDIVIDUAL WHO CHOSE TO DO
WRONG.

TASK
ALONG WITH ARGUING THEIR CASES
IN FRONT OF THE CLASS, EACH TEAM
WILL CREATE A 5-7 PAGE WRITTEN
VERSION OF THEIR ARGUMENT.

TASK
CASE FILES WILL BE DISTRIBUTED TO
EACH TEAM. THEY ARE FULL OF
HOLES TO ALLOW EACH SIDE A FAIR
CHANCE TO SPECULATE, RESEARCH,
AND ARGUE THEIR THEORIES.

QUESTIONS TO HELP GENERATE CAUSE
& EFFECT WRITING
What is your subject (define it)?
What did you know about the topic before writing
about it?
Why are you searching for the causes of your topic?
Was there a first recorded occurrence of your topic
phenomenon? What conclusions were drawn from it?
Are there limits to when/where/how your subject
occurs?


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