What is a cause and effect essay?

Did you get assigned a cause and effect essay?


Then you must be wondering how to go about it, right?


First things first, let’s understand what cause and effect really means.


Think about how you wake up for school every day. Who wakes you up or should I say what?


You’re most likely to be woken up by the loud alarm that you set on your phone.


Now, “what does that have to do with a cause and effect essay?” you must be wondering.


Well, you waking up by an alarm clock is a cause and effect situation.


High school and college students are often asked to write a cause and effect essay and it is one of the more common types of essays.


Such essays require students to discuss why something took place and the consequences it has had. You can be asked to explain the effect or consequences of an event, decision or an action.


Before jumping straight to the writing part, it is important that you have an outline to work with. This helps you focus and stay on track.

Start with brainstorming different ideas, shortlist the ones that interest you the most and then create your outline or essay plan.