Monday, April 17, 2006


Cause and Effect Essay

Your final writing assignment for this semester was to write an essay about an environmental problem, explaining the cause(s) and effect(s) of the problem and offering possible solutions. You learned how to narrow your focus to a specific problem with which you are familiar, and most of you described environmental problems in your home countries or cities. You started by creating a flowchart showing a causal chain (a chain of causes and effects, each cause leading to an effect which becomes the cause of another effect). Then you composed a first draft consisting of the body paragraph(s) of the essay. In your second draft, you added an introduction describing the problem and a conclusion suggesting solutions to the problem.

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