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.


Brainstorm cause-effect topics (PDF)

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.

Cause effect fishbone graphic organizer

Cause/effect graphic organizer (PDF)

3 Cause-effect vocabulary sorting

This is an exercise to introduce or review words commonly used
in cause/effect writing .

Cause effect vocabulary sorting

Cause-effect vocabulary sorting (PDF)

4 Cause-effect essay brainstorming and  outlining

This is a cause-effect brainstorming and academic essay outlining worksheet for students writing cause effect essays.

Cause effect outlining worksheet

Cause-effect brainstorming and outlining (PDF)

5 Cause-effect transitions worksheet

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.

Cause/effect transitions language exercise

Cause-effect transitions 1 (PDF)

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4 cause/effect sample essays  (4 paragraph 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.

Cause effect essay transitions worksheet

Cause-effect transitions 2 (PDF)

7  Cause/effect: complete the sentences

Students complete the sentences to demonstrate they understand the logic of cause and effect.

Cuase/effect complete the sentences

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.

Causes effects ideas language exercise

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.


Causes and effects of social issues worksheet

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 writing

Cause-effect sentence writing1 (PDF)

Cause-effect sentence writing 2 (PDF)

Cause-effect sentence writing 3 (PDF)

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