126.1.1 : Grammar, Sentence Structure, and Writing

The graduate applies appropriate grammatical rules, sentence structure, and writing conventions.

126.1.2 : Rhetoric and Analyzing Writing

The graduate selects appropriate rhetorical strategies that improve writing and argumentation.

126.1.3 : Writing Style, Citations, and Use of Sources

The graduate appropriately uses a given writing style.

126.1.4 : Writing and Revision Process

The graduate uses appropriate writing and revision strategies.

126.1.5 : Working with Sources

The graduate integrates credible and relevant sources into written arguments.

126.1.7 : Argumentative Writing

The graduate composes an appropriate argumentative essay for a given context.

INTRODUCTION

A causal analysis asks you to examine either the causes of a problem, why the problem has happened, or what factors have led to a particular problem. To write an effective causal analysis essay the thesis and body paragraphs should focus on 2–4 specific causes (i.e., actions, events, thoughts, attitudes, conditions, or decisions) that have led to the problem you have identified. Writing about causes is an important skill in academic, professional, and real-world contexts, and the ability to identify the causes of a problem is essential in persuasive writing.

SCENARIO

Identify a social, environmental, or political problem that is of local, national, or global concern.

REQUIREMENTS

Note: Be sure to focus only on the causes of the problem in this paper; do not consider effects or solutions.

A.  Write a causal analysis essay (suggested length of 3–7 pages). In your essay, do the following:

1.  Address an appropriate topic.

2.  Provide an effective introduction.

3.  Provide an appropriate thesis statement that previews two to four causes.

4.  Explain the causes of the problem.

5.  Provide evidence to support your claim.

6.  Provide an effective conclusion.
 

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