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10 Creative and Cool Cause/Effect Writing Activities

Useful cause/effect writing and pre-writing activities can include brainstorming, outlining, vocabulary sorting, gap fill exercises and sentence writing activities with picture cues. Teaching cause/effect is pretty enjoyable as it can be applied easily to just about any topic including the environment, technology, social issues,  social trends and behaviour.

1 Brainstorming cause/effect topics

This is a cause-effect topic  brainstorming worksheet for students writing cause effect essays. Students fill in the blank bubbles with suitable topics and sub-topics and think of causes or positive and negative effects related to these topics.

Brainstorming cause effect topics worksheet and template for planning a cause/effect essay.

Brainstorm cause-effect topics (PDF)

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2 Cause-effect essay graphic organizer

This is a cause-effect brainstorming and academic essay planning worksheet for students writing cause effect essays. Click on the image or the link to download the PDF file.

Causes/effects fishbone graphic organizer and template to help writing students prepare and plan a cause/effect paragraph or essay.

Cause/effect graphic organizer (PDF)

3 Cause-effect vocabulary sorting

Below is a causes/effects transitions sorting exercise to help students improve their understanding of cause/effect language and writing techniques.

Causes/effects transitions sorting exercise to help students improve their understanding of cause/effect language and writing techniques.

Cause-effect vocabulary sorting (PDF)

4 Cause-effect essay brainstorming and  outlining

This is an exercise to help students brainstorm and develop ideas and begin outlining a cause/effect paragraph or essay.

An exercise to help students brainstorm and develop ideas  and begin outlining a cause/effect paragraph or essay.

Cause-effect brainstorming and outlining (PDF)

Related Cause/Effect Resources

4 cause/effect sample essays  (4 paragraph PDF)

5 Cause-effect transitions worksheet (with answers)

This worksheet is to help familiarize students with cause/effect transitions. Understanding and knowing how to use cause/effect transitions is essential for anyone who aims to be a good writer.

A  gap fill cause/effect transitions worksheet to help academic writing students develop a deeper understanding of cause/effect language.

Cause-effect transitions 1 (PDF)

6  What effects has the computer had on our lives ? (Cause/effect transitions with answers)

This is a transitions and linking words exercise for a cause/effect essay. Well placed transitions help make essays easier to read and understand.

A  cause/effect transitions worksheet using an essay about the effects of computers to help academic writing students develop a deeper understanding of cause/effect transitions.

Cause-effect transitions 2 (PDF)

7  Cause/effect: complete the sentences

Students complete the sentences with their own ideas to demonstrate they understand the logic of cause and effect.

Cause/effect sentence writing exercise for academic writing students to practice completing cause effect sentences with their own ideas.

Cause-effect: complete the sentences (PDF)

8 Causes-effects ideas

In this cause/effect sentence writing worksheet students use the pictures to write appropriate cause/effect ideas. They decide whether they want write the causes or effects for each pictures and try to think of 3 causes or 3 effects.

Cause/effect idea brainstorming worksheet for students planning to write a cause/effect paragraph or essay.

Causes-effects ideas  1 (PDF)

Causes-effects ideas 2 (PDF)

9 Cause-effect for social issues

In this cause/effect worksheet students use the pictures to write their own ideas. They try and identify the social issues and think about causes, effects and solutions.

 

A cause/effect worksheet about social issues to get students thinking about causes, effects and solutions to social problems.

Causes-effects of social issues (PDF)

10 Cause-effect sentence writing

In this cause/effect essay writing worksheet students use the pictures and their own ideas to write appropriate cause/effect sentences.

Cause/effect sentence exercises and writing worksheets for students practicing and planning to write a cause/effect paragraph or essay.

Cause-effect sentence writing1 (PDF)

Cause-effect sentence writing 2 (PDF)

Cause-effect sentence writing 3 (PDF)

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